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The Orphanage | Parwareshgah

Producers Katja Adomeit


In the late 1980’s, 15-year-old Qodrat lives in the streets of Kabul and sells cinema tickets on the black market. He is a big Bollywood fan and he daydreams himself in some of his favorite movie scenes. One day, the police bring him to the Soviet orphanage. But in Kabul, the political situation is changing. Qodrat and all the children want to defend their home.

As the Mujahideen approach, the children of the orphanage dream themselves away into the Bollywood movies they love.

About The Team

Shahrbanoo Sadat (Director) is an Afghan female writer and director, based in Kabul. She studied documentary in Atelier Varan Kabul. When her first feature film Wolf and Sheep was developed with the Cannes Cinefondation Residence in 2010, Shahr — 20 years old at the time — was the youngest filmmaker ever selected. In 2013, she opened her production company Wolf Pictures in Kabul. Wolf and Sheep premiered at Director’s Fortnight in 2016, where it received the main award. Her second feature film The Orphanage (Parwareshgah) follows Wolf and Sheep as the second part of a planned pentalogy, five films based on an unpublished autobiography by Anwar Hashimi.

Katja Adomeit (Producer) has produced the feature films The Weight of Elephants and Loving Pia by Daniel Borgman, (Berlinale 2013 & 2017) and Pine Ridge (Venice FF) and Lida, by Anna Eborn, as well as Annika Berg’s Team Hurricane and Shahrbanoo Sadat’s Wolf and Sheep, which won the main award at Director’s Fortnight in 2016. Katja also co-produced Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure and The Square, in Coproduction Office Denmark. For Cannes 2013, Screen Daily selected Katja as one of their Future Leaders: Producers, and in 2015 she was selected as a Cannes Producer on the Move.

The Orphanage is a Cinereach grantee.