Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2014 Sydney Film Festival and a finalist in The Walkley Awards, Love Marriage in Kabul is a compelling human drama, played out in a heart-rending setting, where the stakes are always high.
Following its success at the 2014 Sydney Film Festival, Amin Palangi’s award-winning documentary, Love Marriage in Kabul, is set to tour to cinemas around Australia to support the charity Mahboba’s Promise.
Mahboba’s Promise is an Australian non-profit organisation dedicated to the women and children of Afghanistan. Founded in 1998, Mahboba’s Promise began its mission by helping to care for Afghan refugees who had been forced into a refugee camp in Pakistan by a devastating earthquake in Takhar, Afghanistan.
Congratulations to Amin Palangi for delivering a special film, on which I was responsible for the co-ordination the pre-production; wrangling the film equipment to Afghanistan and initial film development. However the real credit goes to Amin of Palalngi Productions and Bower Bird Films, it is great to see the film doing so well.
Mahboba Rawi, a strong-willed Afghan-Australian woman and the founder of Mahboba’s Promise, has dedicated her life to helping orphans and widows in Afghanistan. Abdul, one of these orphans, is in love with Fatemeh, the girl next door. The two have been exchanging romantic letters for over a year and hope to marry one day. But Fatemeh’s father has decided to marry her off to anyone who can offer a large sum of money as her dowry. Devastated, Abdul is hoping when Mahboba arrives for her yearly visit to Kabul, she will help him again.
However, Fatemeh’s father makes demands beyond anyone’s expectations. He won’t let the marriage happen unless Mahboba pays him $10,000 or finds a wife for his eldest son to replace Fatemeh’s role in the household. With nothing to Abdul’s name, the fate of the couple depends entirely on Mahboba’s ability to meet or negotiate the father’s terms. But she only has one month and limited resources.
Watch the trailer.
Broaden your horizons by going along to this charity film screening of Love Marriage in Kabul while helping to support the great work of Mahboba’s Promise.