“But unfortunately, unfortunately, our government, somehow our patriarchal society, the international community, somehow, they left us alone. But we continue. We continue to fight. And one of those fights is to keep alive our stories.”

- Sahraa Karimi

My name is Sahraa Karimi. I’m a film director and scriptwriter and university lecturer. At the age of fifteen, I played as an actress in two Iranian films, which led me to study cinema in Slovakia. I graduated with a PhD in directing. I have made more than 30 short fictions and documentaries, some of which have won numerous awards in international film festivals. After ten years of making shorts and documentaries, I returned to Kabul. I made two documentaries there, which were successful internationally and were broadcast through ARTE France and BBC. “Hava, Maryam, Ayesha” is my first feature film, which was shot entirely in Kabul with Afghan actors, and it made its world premier at the Venice Film Festival in 2019 in the Orizzonte Competition.