To commemorate its 100th anniversary of independence, Afghanistan organized a special film festival, showcasing 100 notable films of the Afghan cinema during a week-long program from 3-10 August.
The screening program also included two films by Iranian directors, namely ‘Parting’ (2016) by Navid Mahmoudi and ‘A Few Cubic Meters of Love’ (2014) directed by Jamshid Mahmoudi.
‘Parting’ is a 2016 Afghan-Iranian drama about two young Afghans, Fereshteh and Nabi, who are in love, but Fereshteh has to follow her parents and leave Afghanistan to find refuge in Iran. Nabi decides to illegally cross the border, find Fereshteh and take her through Turkey towards Europe and for a better life.
‘A Few Cubic Meters of Love’ is about Afghan asylum seekers who are illegally employed by a small factory somewhere in the outskirts of Tehran. Saber, a young Iranian worker, secretly meets Marona, daughter of Abdolsalam, an Afghan worker. A love story unfolds, the conclusion of which no-one can foretell.
Both films were selected as the Afghan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. However, they were not nominated.