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Country of Origin: Afghanistan
Meaning: Real men keep their promises
Director: Saied Orekzay
Actors: Saied Orekzay, Adela Adim, Amin Rahimee, Wali Talash, Hamida
For the third episode, I chose to watch a movie from Afghanistan. Released in 1979 and directed by Saied Orekzay, the movie is called Marda Ra Qwal Ast, which translates to Men keep their Promises. This is based on the short stories written by Dr Mohammed Akram Osman. I chose this particular movie because during my research on films from Afghanistan almost all articles made a reference to this movie as a quintessential turning point in movie making in Afghanistan.
This movie offers a beautiful insight into Afghanistan that most of the world is yet to discover, Saied Orekzay has brilliantly portrayed Sher as a lover fighting himself in the centre of tug-of-war between his love and a promise, Adela Adim’s portrayal of one betrayed of love is classic and whoever portrayed Fazlu the jealous lover has done a brilliant job, I hate Fazlu! This is a love story set in Kabul caught in a fabric of honor and I am indeed in love with it. Watch it.