Heroes of the Mountain

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Afshin a 12 year old boy from the hillside of Kabul is determined to go to school.
His father who is an illiterate military man can not find job in Kabul due to some
security issues and has to leave the country. This gives Afshin even more motivation to continue his study but studying in Kabul is not easy as schools get continuously bombed by the suicide bomber from extremist groups.

Director Aboozar Amini
Location Kabul
Duration 28 min.
Genre Human Interest / Life / Family
Air Date (JST) Mon., Apr. 1, 2019 *rerun
Mon., Jan. 28, 2019

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Aboozar Amini

Aboozar Amini


Aboozar Amini (1985, Bamiyan, Afghanistan) moved to the Netherlands at a young age. After his high school education in the Netherlands, he had his BA at Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam.

Aboozar’s cultural origin plays a central role for his work, while he transforms a story set in a far country into a universal understanding. From the very beginning, he travels to diverse continents to encounter the cultures and to bring them into stories. His graduation film KabulTehranKabul (2010) won the prestigious Wildcard award of Dutch Film Fund. He did his MA in directing and aesthetic language of cinema at London Film School where he got major roles in more than 12 short films, including directing and cinematography.

His graduate film at LFS Angelus Novus (2015) inspired by the drawing of Paul Klee but in a today life context premiered at IFFR and won various awards worldwide. His latest film Where is Kurdistan (2016) was commissioned by IFFR. His latest short fiction film Best Day Ever opened La Quinzaine at Cannes International Film Festival 2018. His first feature documentary film Kabul, City in the Wind was the opening film at IDFA2018 and won the Special Jury Prize for First Appearance Competition.

Aboozar lives and works now in Kabul Afghanistan and Amsterdam the Netherlands. Currently he is developing two feature films Ways to Run is granted this year the Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival Rotterdam and The Cineaste has been selected for Open Doors Locarno 2016 and film-bazaar in Goa.


2018 Kabul, City in the Wind (Documentary)
2018 Best Day Ever (Short)
2016 Where Is Kurdistan? (Short)
2015 Angelus Novus (Short)
2010 KabulTehranKabul (Short)

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