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Sheffield Doc/Fest

  • Images of Jawed Taiman, Sayed Hassan Fazili, Abdul Ghafar Azad and Nasrin Hussaini

Afghan filmmakers invited to Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011 © British Council

  • DocFest 2011

8 - 12 June 2011 | The Crucible Studio

The British Council in Afghanistan is excited to have supported four highly talented emerging Afghan Documentary filmmakers to attend the Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011.

The filmmakers were carefully selected by the British Council with the aim of broadening their experience of international film festivals and offering them networking and creative development opportunities at the UK’s major hub for documentary and factual media.

Jawed Taiman has an MA in cinematography from Paris International Film School and directed Addicted in Afghanistan, which has screened at festivals around the world including Sheffield Doc/Fest 2009 and the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam 2009. The film has picked up numerous awards including the Golden Palm Award at Mexico International Film Festival 2010 and the Best European Documentary Feature Award at the European Independent Film Festival 2010.

You can watch a trailer for the film Addicted in Afghanistan below:


Abdul Ghafar Azad works as a film director for Tolo TV and Lemer TV in Afghanistan. He has directed several films including Blue Hope.

Sayed Hassan Fazili works as at producer/director for Tolo TV in Afghanistan. He has produced several TV dramas and commercials and has directed an award-winning short film.  He is now working on his first documentary film, which is about Afghan gypsies.

Nasrin Hussaini has 10 years experience working for Afghanistan’s National TV and she is currently working on several programmes for Tamadon TV.

Every year, Doc/Fest invites documentary-makers from key countries and with a special focus on factual filmmaking in their region to attend the festival. As a result, producers, directors and commissioning editors from some of the most prolific documentary-producing regions in the world attend the festival.

The Afghan filmmakers will attend conference and market sessions, film screenings, networking events and will offer their knowledge and insight at conference panel events such as 'The Revolution Will Be Tweeted'.