The film is a city symphony on a bus ride, showing meaningful daily details through the eyes of passengers.
The national bus in Kabul has been riding since 40 years. The 6-km ride goes from West Kabul to the city centre. Teachers, students, labourers, soldiers prostitutes etc are the passengers. The bus drivers are mostly quiet and lost in their world of music playing on their radio.
The three protagonists are related to an important location of the bus route and travel daily by bus. Each of them has a challenge in their life. Nasser (26) a former drug addict and now a photographer. Nasser’s big plan now is the photography of the addicted under the notorious bridge Pol e-Sokhta, which is obviously an embarrassing act towards the governmental mafias and Taliban involved in the drug business. Shoku (24), after running away from a forced marriage she has to flirt with powerful men to keep their fragile independence as a single women. Afshin (12) is a clever boy living close to Chil Dokhtaran mountain, the first bus stop. Time is coming that Afshin needs to go more frequently to the city as the eldest son of the family. How will the violent city change him?
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 todays life context premiered at IFFR and won various awards worldwide. His latest film Where is Kurdistan (2016) was commissioned by IFFR.
Aboozar lives and works now in Kabul Afghanistan and Amsterdam the Netherlands.
Currently he is developing his first feature film, The Cineaste which has been selected for OpenDoors Locarno and film-bazaar in Goa.
Imamura entered NHK in 1983. He was the commissioning editor of the slot “World Documentary” from 2009 until 2012. Since 2012 he has been transferred to NHK Enterprises. He is the executive producer in charge of developing co-production projects and producing Inside Lens. He started Tokyo Docs in 2011 which is the sole international documentary event in Japan holding the pitching session.
Jia Zhao (born in Chengdu China) is a Chinese producer based in Amsterdam. She is the founder/ producer at MUYI FILM and SILK ROAD FILM SALON. She works with European and Asian producers/ film directors and focuses on film productions with intercultural themes and international potential. Jia so far has been mainly producing documentary films. Some of her recent works: Arks of Confucius by Sean Wang (postproduction, 2017); Fallen Flowers Thick Leaves by Laetitia Schoofs (2016, in co-production with ARTE/ZDF, Dutch competition IDFA 2016); Jia is currently working on Aboozar Amini’s the Cineaste.
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