Director: Eng. Latif Ahmadi; Cinematographer: Waheed Ramak
Duration: 00:02:55; Aspect Ratio: 1.366:1; Hue: 27.223; Saturation: 0.120; Lightness: 0.228; Volume: 0.445; Cuts per Minute: 19.134
Summary: Date (Afghan Calendar): 1364
A 2 hour 39 minute historical epic that follows a two-generation feud between families, played out on the buzkashi field, and two young lovers who defy their families' expectations and pay a tragic price. Three clips uploaded, full film should be digitised later.
Footage Source: Afghan Films editing dept tape
The film is remembered fondly by cast and crew, who believe it is a work of art; it is also beloved by the younger generation, who grew up watching it on Afghan TV.
Mazari's father is played by a very senior and famous Afghani theater actor, Qadir Farouk. Qadir said that he went to Mazar-e-Sharif a month before the shooting schedule so that he could spend time with the "arbabs" and tribal lords, and imbibe some of their characteristics. "I'm a Kabul man, I needed to understand the mannerisms of the arbabs of the North."
Qadir is a theater actor, and was head of Kabul Nandare, the state-run cinema and theater.
It is a chilling and well-crafted scene. All Latif offers by way of commentary is, "But it's true. Honour killings like this happen." Again the tabla solo plays an integral role in the film. Far from being used as a background score, Latif avoids the use of gruesome foley sound for the scene, and lets the music compostion play its part.
The film has seen several reruns on National TV. It was produced by Afghan Film but Engineer Latif had a lot of support from the Ministry of Information and Culture, and Ministry of Interior. The film was edited and mixed at Afghan Film, but it was sent for both processing and printing to Tashkent.