12 Nov 2:00 pm: The Prince of Nothingwood
Director: Sonia Kronlund
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Having spent twenty years reporting on the atrocities of war in Afghanistan, French radio producer and journalist Sonia Kronlund was determined to be able, for once, to tell a positive story. Step forward one Salim Shaheen, the country’s most popular director, actor and producer. Responsible for over one hundred films in thirty years, this prolific and larger-than-life figure is greeted throughout Afghanistan by legions of adoring fans.
A rousing, life-affirming portrait of an Ed Wood-esque character, The Prince of Nothingwood is a behind-the-scenes journey around the country as Shaheen works on his latest project – a film about his own escapades. Shaheen’s charismatic persona and unquenchable creativity are a delightful show of resistance in the face of the Taliban, bombings and constant oppression. Not many people could rise to the challenges of filmmaking in a war zone, but for the irrepressible Shaheen it has become a way of life.
Dari with English subtitles.
Starring: Qurban Ali, Sonia Kronlund, Salim Shaheen
Produced in: France and Germany
Running time: 85 mins