The Orphanage (Parwareshgah)
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Afghanistan, the late 1980s. With the Russian invasion of the country in full effect, Qodrat (Qodratollah Qadiri) is a 15-year-old living in the streets of Kabul, surviving by selling cinema tickets on the black market and obsessing about the Bollywood movies he loves. A run-in with police sees him dispatched to a Soviet-run orphanage, where the oppressive atmosphere makes his imaginary escapes all the more attractive and precious. Shahrbanoo Sadat follows the award-winning Wolf and Sheep (CFF 2016) with another authoritative, distinctive depiction of her country in transition, its humane concerns constantly evident amidst playful, endearing fantasy sequences. MH