Wednesday, November 19, 2014

L’Ospite (THE GUEST) WINNER of 22nd Venice City Award 2014




L’Ospite (THE GUEST) A short film by M. Amin Wahidi

WINNER of 22nd Venice City Award 2014 in an special event of 71st Venice International Film Festival 2014
 
L’Ospite AKA The Guest is the last work by Amin Wahidi shot in early 2014 in Venice and was presented in an special event of 71st Venice International Film Festival winning two awards from 22nd Venice City Award 2014, Award for the best short film and the Award as the best actor for Basir Ahang.   

This short film is dedicated to all asylum seekers and refugees who are victims of war and violence in their homeland and victims of deportation in the second and safe land.  
It is also dedicated to all those people who are drowned in Mediterranean Sea while coming towards Italy for seeking asylum.


Synopsis:
Nima is an Iranian asylum seeker who has just arrived to Italy after three times of being deported to Greece. By chance he meets Basir, another refugee, student and activist for refugees’ rights, in front of Santa Lucia Station in Venice who speaks the same language. After they are introduced to each other, Basir takes Nima to his home for the night but when they arrive home, everything is changed in a few minutes.

L’OSPITE (The Guest)
A film by M. Amin Wahidi
Actors: Basir Ahang,  Nima Dashtban,  Nicole Valentini, Silvia De Bastiani, Margherita Piccin ,  Michele Guidi,  Marta De Bastiani,  Samantha Silvestri e Bibi Simic
Duration: 19′: 30″
Language: Persian- Italian
Year: 2014
Subtitles: Italian- English
Production: Deedenow Cinema Production-Afghanistan &
Hazara People International Network (www.hazarapeople.com




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Thursday, July 25, 2013

“The Dinner” a new short film by Deedenow Cinema Production Afghanistan



What “friendship” could mean in our nowadays contexts, how people “change” in “different circumstances” and how a “cultural-clash” could break relationships in an eye-blink, and finally, is “multiculturalism”, the mingle of Europeans with the “non-European newcomers” in this continent “still functional” or is it already “failed”?    

They are just a few of the questions that came in Amin Wahidi’s mind to write and direct his new short film,”The Dinner”. Although the tile of the film is similar to the bestseller novel written by Herman Koch but the story of the film is totally another thing.  

The Afghanistani filmmaker, who lives and works in Italy, is making his third short film in this country with the subject of “multiculturalism” in Italy.




“The Dinner”
A young Italian couple is to surprise their newly-actor friend on his birthday that coincides with first of April. Together with their Persian friends, they prepare an enormous delicious Persian dinner and invite a couple of other friends too. They all pass the evening happily but then time comes for the surprise…


“The Dinner” will be shot in Milan in September this year.  
   
“The Dinner”
Written and Directed by: M. Amin Wahidi
Photography: Marco Masante
Language: Italian- Persian  
Production Year: 2013
Production(s): Deedenow Cinema Production, Afghanistan and Remspot Production,Italy
Subtitles: English




Amin Wahidi and his Shorts

With each of his short films, the director also depicts the passages he has passed through in his life since he has moved to Italy; from his refuge to Italy until his integration into Italian society. 


His first short film in Italy “Within the Mists 2011” relates the experiences of refuge, its hardships and its consequences, while his second one “The Last Hope 2012” is based on a true story and pictures the life of an Afghanistani kick-Boxing champion in Italy who is stuck in Italian tough bureaucracy and struggles to pass the obstacles and excel in his professional carrier but he doesn’t find any open doors towards success in his professional carrier.

 
“The Last Hope” will be presented at the 11th Exile International Film Festival 2013 in Gothenburg Sweden in November this year.



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Friday, September 14, 2012

This Year's Film Bazara November 21 - 24, 2012 Goa Marriott Resort, India


ABOUT FILM BAZAAR
An evolving trade market for film industry professionals, Film Bazaar is committed to discover and support significantly compelling talent from South Asia and address key concerns of the world film community in the dynamic domain of film development, production, and distribution. From 2007 onwards FB is a converging point for buyers and sellers of film rights and is aimed at facilitating sales of world cinema in the South Asian region and the promotion of Indian Cinema in the international domain.
2012 will see 6 original stories by Indian writers, 25 potential projects relating to South Asian stories, Knowledge Series sessions with noteworthy film industry doyens & prominent film organizations. The Film Bazaar Viewing Room will house unseen films looking for gap finance/distribution partners/scrfestival selection as also films featured in the Indian Panorama (IFFI). A partner program with Primehouse (Germany) PrimeXchange is a co-production initiative that provides a forum for independent European and Indian Producers to engage in an open and collaborative environment with hands-on media industry experts.The market is also equipped with an Exhibitors Section where booths can be booked, and digital theatres for trade screenings of films. 
Organised annually alongside the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) at the Goa Marriott Resort, the market is a gamut of activity where delegates buy, sell, exhibit and pitch their content. The sixth Film Bazaar will be held from November 21 - 24, 2012.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Celebrating the World Refugee Day with a Short Film



June 20th is the World Refugee Day that is celebrated all over the world.
This year, based the UNHCR announcement, the Afghans still have the highest number of refugees and asylum seekers in the world.

World Refugee Day was celebrated in a public library in Milan Italy with many refugees from Afghanistan and African countries.     

“Within The Mists” a short film by M. Amin Wahidi was projected and the director talked about his experiences as a refugee and how his film was inspired and then made.


Film Title: “Within the mists” 
Written and Directed by: Mohammad Amin Wahidi
Location: Milan-Italy
Duration: 31 Minutes
Production: Deedenow Cinema Afghanistan- Remspot Italy 
Year: 2011
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English

Plot
A refugee writer/poet is trying to make relation with the city he has moved into but he fails. A man alone, the citizen of nowhere tries to find a link between his present and past. Suffering solitude Mr X is the search of a meaning for his life. Could this meaning be love, love of a human being. What if he leaves the city and its crazy people, could this be a concrete solution for him?
In three words this film is about: nostalgia, solitude and homelessness.  





 


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Global Film Initiatives Call for Applications: Summer 2012 Feature Film Production Grants




CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Summer 2012 Feature Film Production Grants
Application deadline: July 16, 2012

In its continuing effort to promote original storytelling by individuals from around the world, the Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce a Call for Applications for the Summer 2012 cycle of its narrative feature film production grants program.

Applications are accepted for feature-length, narrative film projects in all stages of production by directors from eligible nations of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Oceania. Applications may be submitted from May 15, 2012 through July 16, 2012, and granting decisions are announced in October 2012.*

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 16, 2012

*For Applications, Eligibility Requirements and Granting Guidelines, please visit: www.globalfilm.org/granting.htm
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About the Granting Program
The Global Film Initiative's Granting Program awards fifteen to twenty grants per year, of up to $10,000 each, to filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-representation and accomplished storytelling. Funds received from grants are used to support completion of film production and to subsidize post-production costs such as laboratory and sound mixing fees, and access to advanced editing systems.

Since the Initiative's founding in 2002, the Granting Program has awarded 122 grants to filmmakers worldwide. Grant recipients include:
  • BEATRIZ'S WAR (A GUERRA DA BEATRIZ), dir. Bety Reis, East Timor
    First locally produced and directed narrative feature film from East Timor. GFI grant awarded in 2011.
  • THE MIRROR NEVER LIES, dir. Kamila Andini, Indonesia
    Awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2012 Hong Kong International Film Festival. GFI honorable mention awarded in 2011.
  • MISS LOVELY, dir. Ashim Ahluwalia, India
    Official Selection of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard). GFI grant awarded in 2010.
  • LA RUTA DE LA LUNA, dir. Juan Sebastián Jácome, Panama
    World Premiere at the 2012 International Film Festival Panama. GFI honorable mention awarded in 2011.

For more information about the Granting Program, please visit: www.globalfilm.org/programs.htm
Questions about our Granting Program? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

No Better Subject than “Afshar Massacre” for Angelina Jolie’s New Movie in Afghanistan




By Mohammad Amin Wahidi

First Published on Kabul Press and Hazara People

Two months after her first movie’s premiere and worldwide success, as a new director, Angelina Jolie has announced to the media that she has an idea and is writing a script on the Afghanistan Civil War.

Her debut feature, “In the Land of Blood and Honey”, a critically acclaimed movie about the civil war in the former Yugoslavia has expanded her fame as an emerging director and it proved her talent in making good movies as well in addition to be an extraordinary actress.

This new announcement seems to be good news for the people who look for justice in Afghanistan; the victims of the civil war and genocides such as Afshar Massacre.

Suffering injustice in Afghanistan even after ten years of two new governments, people are still hopeless for the transitional justice to be applied by the corrupted government of Afghanistan, but millions believe cinema as an effective medium can make their dream come true; depict the picture of committed crimes during these years which may push the war criminals to the justice courts.

Afshar Massacre, as a brutal genocide and a spot of shame in the contemporary history of Afghanistan, has caused the loss of almost 5,000 innocent people including women and children in a one-day military operation in west of Kabul in February 1993.

This evident massacre, has been recorded by different international human rights organizations and many documents including names and statistics, photos and videos of the killed and captured people are available in the HR organizations achieves.

Besides there are some documentaries available which have interviews with the remainders of the victims and their relatives that could help write a strong script based on this harsh scene of the contemporary Afghanistan History.

The result of a film on Afshar Massacre could be a Hotel Rwanda II which will not only have a humanitarian value but a critic acclaim and a box-office success for sure.

The Academy Award winner actress, Angelina Jolie is famous for her humanitarian assistances to the poor, war-torn countries as she has been a Goodwill Ambassador of the UNHCR and has so far made several trips to the countries in conflict- zone including, Afghanistan, Chad, Iraq, Libya and Sudan.

Her background as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador since 2001 has helped her gain a deep knowledge and understanding the level of sufferance the people in these war torn countries face and how many victims remain unhealed even long after the war.

Thus in her first movie as a director, she has proved to have had understood the meaning, the essence and the consequences of a civil war that is horrible and its consequences destroy even generations.

Afghanistani filmmakers and script writers would welcome Ms. Jolie to come and work on an Afshar Massacre script for her new movie in Afghanistan where she will be warmly welcomed, assisted and supported by them.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Milan: Film Screening and Discussion about Afghanistan after 2014

Storie Afghane: Film screening and discussion about Afghanistan after 2014

Amin Wahidi (film director), Novo Umberto Maerna, (Cultural Assessor of Province of Milan), Gian Micalessin, (Journalists in conflict zones) and Marco Masante (director of photography) were the speakers in this event in Milan.