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Malek Shafi'i

Afghanistan / Website


Malek Shafi’i is a founder and director of Afghanistan Human Rights Film Festival and BASA (Afghanistan Cinema Club). He is also a filmmaker and a writer.

2012 Bamyan the land of wonders / 25m / documentary for AKF (Aga Khan Foundation)
2009 Savings Groups / 20m / documentary for AKF (Aga Khan Foundation)
2008 Social audit / 20m / documentary for AKF (Aga Khan Foundation)
2007 Self Helping Group / 15m / documentary for UN HABITAT
2007 Up to the Parliament / 40m / documentary
2005 Pamir Territory / 38m / documentary
2005 Drought in Hazarajat / 30m / documentary
2004 End of the Earth / 40m / documentary / 40 minutes

Documentary series
1999 Rewayat-e – Hejr / 5 episodes / each 15m / Iran
2000 Charaqhaye Rabeta / 5 episodes / each 25m / Iran
2003 Afghanistan, Heart of Asia / 9 episodes / each 25m / Afghanistan
2007 Small City Great Expectations / 6 episodes / each 25m / Afghanistan

Joint documentary movies
2012 / Mohtarama / documentary / HD / 60m / Co-Directed with Diana Saqab
2010 / These Three Women / documentary / 20m / Co-Directed with Diana Saqab
2009 / Run Roobina Run / documentary / DV CAM / 55 Minutes
2007 / Twenty Five Percent / documentary / DV CAM / 37m



Mohtarama (Orig.) / 2013 / Afghanistan / 59 min

In 2009, the Afghan Parliament approved the Shia Family Law, which was then signed by President Karzai. The law severely restricted women’s freedom, making it illegal for them to exit the house without their husband’s consent or resisting to their husband’s sexual demands...





“My work has two strands: the first one deals with direct political images of violence, aggression and protest, mostly in Israeli-Palestinian context. It’s critique of news media, researching the complex, both realistic and surrealistic aspects of these images. The second strand of videos is more abstract and universal, dealing with cognitive, environmental and existential issues,” says the director about his works.

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- 16.1.2017 -

Charter 77

Charter 77

We commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Charter 77 by presenting documentary profiles of the signatories to this important initiative of anti-communist resistance. Learn more about the context of this historical event by means of an authentic film experience.

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- 10.1.2017 -

Merry and Cinematic Christmas from DAFilms!

Merry and Cinematic Christmas from DAFilms!

A bonus subscription to DAFilms.com is a present you will never get tired of thanks to its diversity. You can get it for your close ones or just for yourself.

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- 14.12.2016 -

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