Arel Nasr’s film on Afghanistan featured at the Shakti Film Festival

Good Morning Kandahar by Ariel Nasr - NFB

“Good Morning Kandahar,” is a documentary film by Ariel Nasr ia  featured in this year’s second annual Shakti film festival, that follows young Afghan-Canadians torn between a deep desire to help Afghanistan and a fear that things will never change. Good Morning Kandahar, set in 2008, prior to the current Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, remains relevant today as it examines Canada’s involvement  in Afghanistan.

The Second Annual Shakti Film Festival will be online this year on October 15th and 16th for two evenings of thought provoking, enchanting and entertaining films supporting women filmmakers from around the world.

The main feature this year is  ‘The Divine Order’. ​ a “comédie humaine” about fear of change and the fight for equality. Screenwriter and director Petra Volpe (“Dreamland”, Screenplay for “Heidi”) takes viewers on an emotional journey to the rural Switzerland of the 1970’s and creates a monument to all the people who fought for equal political rights. “The Divine Order” thereby makes astonishing connections to current political and social debates.

Short films will include two short films by local directors. Our first, “All Kinds of Weather’, directed by Ragini Kapil, focuses on a young South Asian Canadian woman, caught in an abusive marriage, who is shocked when she unexpectedly runs into the love of her life. Her memories of their innocent love and the unhappy outcome changes her and leads to an unexpected outcome.

“Breakaway”, our second short film, is by Jenny Lee-Gilmore, Set in 1970’s Vancouver Canada, Breakaway follows 11 year old Sammy, an ice hockey obsessed Chinese Canadian girl. She has dreams of one day playing ice hockey but her responsibilities at home and bullying older brother get in the way.

Laslty, ‘Namrata’, This short documentary made by, Shazia Javed, tells the intensely personal story of Namrata Gill – one of the many real-life inspirations for Deepa Mehta’s Heaven on Earth – in her own words. After six years, Gill courageously leaves an abusive relationship and launches a surprising new career. 

Tickets: $15 for Festival Pass – admission to both days $10 for one day admission.

Dates are October 15th & 16th from 7 pm onwards. The day before the event we will send you a private link to log on to the event as it will be live streamed.

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