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“Hava, Maryam, Ayesha” (Hava, Maryam, Ayesha)

World Premiere        First Film

Director:  Sahraa Karimi
Screenplay:  Sahraa Karimi, Sami Hasib Nabizada
Director of Photography: Behrouz Badrouj
Sound: Asqar Abgoon
Sound Mix: Mohammad Reza Delpak
Makeup Designer: Maryam Faqirzada
Editor: Mastaneh Mohajer
Assistant Director: Mohammad (Kaveh) Ayreek
Set Designer: Sakineh Gholamali
Still Photographer: Tahere Rezaee, Mohamad Aqeel Payeez
Production Manager: Ahmad Shah Sultani, Sami Hasib Nabizada
Investor: Ahmad Shah Sultani
Cast: Arezoo Ariapoor (Hava), Fereshta Afshar (Maryam), Hasiba Ebrahimi (Ayesha)

Producers: Katayoon Shahabi, Sahraa Karimi

Color, 4K, 16:9, 1:2/39, Surround 5.1, 24 fps, 85 min, 2019, Afghanistan-France-Slovakia




“Hava, Maryam, Ayesha” is a film about three Afghan women living in Kabul, each coming from different social and religious background:
Hava is a traditional woman living with her husband’s family. Despite being eight months pregnant, she has to do all the house chores as well as taking care of her in-laws. Her husband and his family don’t care about Hava’s situation and her only joy is talking to the baby in her belly...
Maryam is an educated news reporter who wants to get a divorce from her unfaithful husband. Meanwhile, after seven long years of expecting a baby she finally finds out that she’s pregnant…
Ayesha is an 18-year old girl who has always desired to get married for love. She’s become pregnant from her boyfriend who disappears after hearing the news. She accepts to marry her cousin. Therefore, she needs to find a doctor to get an abortion and somehow regain her virginity…



Born in 1985, Sahraa Karimi comes from the second generation of Afghan refugees in Iran. At the age of fifteen, she entered the world of cinema for the first time as an actress in "Girls of the Sun" (2000) and then "The White Dream" (2001), which motivated her to study cinema.
At the age of 17, she moved to Slovakia. Within 10 years, she graduated with a BA and MA and a PHD in directing of documentary and fiction film from the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (VSMU), TV and Film Faculty in Bratislava. During these years, she has made more than 30 short fictions and documentaries, some of which won numerous awards in International film festivals.
Sahraa received “Sun in a Net National Film” award from “Slovak Film and TV Academy” in 2012 for her medium length feature film “Light Breeze-Memoirs from the Diary of an Emigrant". Later that year, despite having an opportunity to pursue her career as a director in Europe, she returned to Afghanistan to make films in her own country. She made two documentaries in Kabul which were successful internationally and were broadcasted through ARTE France and BBC.
"Hava, Maryam, Ayesha" is her first feature film as writer, director and independent producer which was shot entirely in Kabul with Afghan actors.


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As a female filmmaker from Afghanistan, I promised myself that when I return to my homeland, I’ll be the storyteller of women whose stories are lost behind common stereotypes; stories of women of all ages, with different social and educational background with whom I’ve lived side by side. These are women who are not passive anymore about their destinies and their existence in this world. They always find a way, even a narrow one, to make small changes in their lives in a patriarchal society. I have traveled to many Afghan cities and far away villages to learn more about these untold stories. These are real stories from inside of Afghanistan and not just common media propaganda.
“Hava, Maryam, Ayesha” is about three women from Kabul who come from different social backgrounds. Hava is from a very traditional family, Maryam is an intellectual and well educated woman and Ayesha is a young girl from the middle class. They all try their best not give in to the patriarchal society that has been imposed to them. In fact, the decision made by each of these women is a form of resistance and shows that they won’t give up so easily. My goal is to make a change by telling real life stories of women who haven’t had a voice for many years.




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