South Asian Projects

Children of Chek Dukhtaran-Sadeq Naseri (Afghanistan)

 

Logline

Abdul Khaliq one of young student who was injured during terroristic attack in his school tries to receive his healthy with support of Somaye psychology trainer. He attempts to continuing education while Taliban control power of Afghanistan again

Synopsis

After a big explosion in girl’s high school in Kabul, more than 50 child student killed and more than 1000 thousand have mental problem in one terroristic attack in one of poor area of Kabul. A group of psychology team reached themselves in order to recovery health of those students who suffering psycho. Somaye 35-year-old a young woman helps group of psychology students to solve and recovery those children who suffering. Among the students, Abdul Khaliq 18-year-old was heard explosion. He reached himself at the location. He saw his friends Fatima body in street. He shocked and swooned at the same place. Somaye suggested him to join team and help them according to receive healthy sooner, but while he sees other sickly student, he feel bad and repeatedly experiences shocking. He is from a poor family from Hazara community, he tries to receive healthy according to participate in general Concor (entrance examination) which is held at each winter. He believes, Taliban want to stop the new generation by different terrorist attack on schools, education centers, clubs and etc. He attempts to revenge his classmate and students by continuing his education in top university.

Behravan group an independent organization belongs to group of psychology members who works voluntary, who had recently graduated from the psychology department of Kabul University, leaded by professor Dr. Ahamdi to have practice and treatment. Someye joined Behrawan 4 year before and worked as voluntary to treatment of children who need urgently. Her parents and husband already left Afghanistan according bad security condition, they push her to leave Kabul as soon as possible, but she believes that elite and educated people should stay Afghanistan and fighting with challenges faced. However, international community force by lead America left Afghanistan and Somaye and many other young educated catch between stay and to go.

Director’s Statement

I had been a coward my whole life. Living as a refugee for years made me like this. I always wished to react bravely when someone bullied me, but I was always afraid to confront such people. It is not only a personal feeling; it is a common fear in all Hazara people who have lived in Iran for forty years. It is the fear we inherited from our parents who had to flee to Iran when faced with home-based communist tyranny and systematic killing of Hazaras. They spent their entire lives in fear, in immigration and transferred their fears to us as their children. I have always fought with my enemies and cruelty in my dreams. A fight that always remains in my dreams.

Since I got to know the “Behrawan” group (psychological team), I have felt it is part of my dreams. Brave girls who can stare in the eyes of injustice. They are not afraid of anyone or anything on their path to success. They can sacrifice their lives for their dreams. They are not our times’ children, but they belong to their own time. They dance to raise their voices and they deliver an important message to their generation: “If you want to be counted, raise your voice”. Following this group’s story to the dance stage assimilates following my dreams. The director is not only an observer, but he is part of the story. He sees the girls as heroes not only in dreams but in real life. He accompanies the group to fight with coming problems and encourages them to go forward. He helps the girls to conquer the stage. The group’s journey is his path too and he looks forward to making his dreams come true with their success.

This story is a turning point for all who think they are weak and dismissed by their societies. This is not only Afghanistan’s story; it may happen anywhere that some people are underestimated and marginalized by the dominant groups of people or the government itself. This is because searching for justice and the fight to attain it is in all humans. Understanding that justice and equal rights are not achievable by anyone except those who want it, is the core of this story. The film urges and convinces its audience that change is only possible if people who want the change act on it and step up to bring it about. These young girls are representing not only women across the globe but also excluded people in Afghanistan and the rest of the world. They will prove that all dreams are attainable no matter how difficult. That dreams are achievable even in a fundamentalist country where women are burned in the fire of prejudice.

Treatment

After a big explosion in girl’s high school in Kabul, more than 50 child student killed and more than 1000 thousand have mental problem in one terroristic attack in one of poor area of Kabul. A group of psychology team reached themselves in order to recovery health of those students who suffering psycho. Somaye 35-year-old a young woman helps group of psychology students to solve and recovery those children who suffering. Among the students, Abdul Khaliq 18-year-old was heard explosion. He reached himself at the location. He saw his friends Fatima body in street. He shocked and swooned at the same place. Somaye suggested him to join team and help them according to receive healthy sooner, but while he sees other sickly student, he feel bad and repeatedly experiences shocking. He is from a poor family from Hazara community, he tries to receive healthy according to participate in general Concor (entrance examination) which is held at each winter. He believes, Taliban want to stop the new generation by different terrorist attack on schools, education centers, clubs and etc. He attempts to revenge his classmate and students by continuing his education in top university.

Behravan group an independent organization belongs to group of psychology members who works voluntary, who had recently graduated from the psychology department of Kabul University, leaded by professor Dr. Ahamdi to have practice and treatment. Someye joined Behrawan 4 year before and worked as voluntary to treatment of children who need urgently. Her parents and husband already left Afghanistan according bad security condition, they push her to leave Kabul as soon as possible, but she believes that elite and educated people should stay Afghanistan and fighting with challenges faced. However, international community force by lead America left Afghanistan and Somaye and many other young educated catch between stay and to go.

 

The film will attempt to get close to characters and imagine them, their condition and Kabul environment clearly and in detail. Main characters’ problems, how they face and struggle with those problems and how they overcome them will be the focus of the film. The latter will aim to show the ensemble protagonists’ teamwork and how they coordinate together to perform their work in due time. The film will follow them and will disclose if they achieve to treat children by all means or give up in the face of problems they encounter. The film will attempt to imagine Kabul security condition, suicide attacks, government’s demand to defend all values which received during two decades before. the peace negotiations with Taliban and governmental team is processing in Doha with aby big result. At same time a new generation like Somaye do not let them to repeat dark period of Taliban come again.

The camera will follow characters and observes people, media and families’ attitudes regarding their activities. Meanwhile, the film exposes the peace talks with Taliban too and looks into their ideas about women’s work and activities in the society like dance and participating in country’s policy makings. Moreover, the film is going to show “Behrawan” group till the performance day and sometime after then. The most important part of the film is the girls’ quest and struggle for making their dreams true. Keep in mind, girls who are from Hazara people were killed by Taliban in every corner of the country. This is the story about young girls who think if they become silent now there will be no chance for women to raise their voice again after the peace talks.

The big question for the director is how the group will resume its activities? What approaches the members will apply? Will the challenges make them tough and bold persons who fight for their ideologies or turn them to people who give up on their ideas and dreams? In many cases in Afghanistan, some women start to contribute to the society despite all barriers, but they get tired of huge amount of problems created by society and their families and prefer not to step forward anymore. They ask themselves: is it worthy to fight with storms of problems for their ideologies in Afghanistan?

 

Director/Producer’s Profile   

  • Directing & Camera of “Trashcan” documentary film by self-finance in 2014
  • Co-Director of “Mobil library” film won first prize in Tokyo Doc festival 2016
  • Producing “Democracy” by Ibrahim Bmaiani 40’ Afghanistan, June 2016
  • Directing & Camera, “Cycling girl” 27’ Goethe Institute, Afghanistan, May 2017
  • Directing & Camera, “Rebirth” 05’ Goethe Institute, Iran, April 2017
  • Directing & Camera, “Farkhunda” 19’ 24 images Afghanistan, Nov & Dec 2018
  • Directing & Camera, “Red movement” 30’, Afghanistan, April 2020
  • Directing & Camera “the search for A different future”, 04’, December 2020

Production Plan

Production plan

Production schedule Start: First January 2021

Stage Month 1 Month 2 Month 3 Month 4 Month 5 Month 6 Month 7 Month 8 Month 9 Month 10 Month 11 Month 12 Period

Concept developing

Preparation and research

Filming (shooting)

Preparing Post production

Post production

Promotions

Broadcasting

Distribution

Budget

Project Total costs: 200,850 USD

Production Status

Principal shooting on adapted is approximately 50% complete. To date, we have shot interviews with all main characters, and filmed 50% of west part of Kabul, a place that many of characters live. We have also filmed finding place, when the characters looking to find for practicing dance and prepared themselves for festival. They met with different people who had good knowledge about folklore dance.

We still have to film our last part of adventure of Behrawan group and additional interviews with religious leaders, close friends, family members and following their journey to reach their goals. These interviews will use to fill up the gaps, if there is any scene that is not possible to illustrate it by filming.

Contact Details

Email: naseri.sadeq@gmail.com

Phone: +93744538687