Private Project

Special Women

Special women documentary:
The special women’s documentary is about the lives of people from the community, especially those women, who have joined the police forces, in General Command of Police Special Unites (GSPSU) to defense of their land and family against the terrorists and invaders. As everyone knowns. People living in the territory of Afghanistan are traditional people and Afghanistan has a traditional society. Men always dominate themselves upon women in this land, patriarchy has been ruling in this land from the past. Women’s work outside the home is a shame for men, and most men don’t want their mothers, sisters and their wives work outside the house in the society behind the men. The special women’s documentary, draw the picture of women, who despite a close and traditional society, have been able to carry out difficult task behind the men in one of military parts alongside the name of the specific police unit under the cover of the Afghanistan ministry of interior. It is the picture of women with special abilities, and how could these women have performed their work in a closed and traditional society in one of the military parts, and how is the behavior of men who are women’s colleague? Does gender equality obey by men, or these women subject to gender discrimination? The form of military training for these women is depicted, the training and how to prepare these women to face the enemies is depicted. The specific women’s documentary shows that female police forces are involved in all security operations. And this role of having women in the police ranks is effective for better continuity of security in country. And women also can shield against terrorists and Daisha alongside men in order to protect their country’s territorial integrity.


  • Nafisa Saba Sahar Zaki
  • Nafisa Saba Sahar Zaki
  • Emal Zaki
  • Nahid Irshad
    Key Cast
    "Nahid Irshad"
  • Emal Zaki
    Key Cast
    "Arezo Sadeqi"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    زنان خاص
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 22 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    3840 × 2160 (4K UHD)
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  • Barcelona,Barcelona 08014
    United States
    March 31, 2021
    Europa Film Festival
  • Kabul
    February 11, 2020
    Premiere Night at NHKIA - Film Opening Ceremony
    Certificates for crow
  • Los Angeles, California
    United States
    March 19, 2021
    Golden State Film Festival Film
  • Kabul
    February 24, 2021
    Soldier Film Festival - Afghan Film
    The best Camera work award
  • Los Angeles, California
    United States
    April 5, 2021
    Hollywood Gold Awards
    Silver Award - Feature Documentary
  • Paris
    May 28, 2021
    Beyond the Curve International Film Festival 3, rue des Scribe PARIS, Île-de-France 75009
    The Best Women's Film Award
Director Biography - Nafisa Saba Sahar Zaki

Nafisa Saba Sahar Biography
Nafisa Saba Sahar is an Afghan film director, producer actress and a police officer in interior ministry of Afghanistan (born in Koche-Rika khana off Maiwand Road, old down town of Kabul, on 28th August 1975

She gained her baccalaureate at Ansari Balkhi Girls College in Kabul.
Sahar’s firs forays in acting were on the school theatre open stages at the age of nine following on 1986 at the age of eleven she was hired officially as chosen performer of open stage drama performer to work at the Kabul theatre centre where she built her acting career.
In 1988 Afghanistan’s national open stage drama festival honored Nafisa Saba Sahar the best open stage performer award.
In 1990 Sahar joined the Interior Ministry of Afghanistan’s cinema and theatre department as a performer where, she did her first police training as well and after nine month training she became a police officer.
In 1992 she was appointed as the manager of cinema and theatre department at the interior ministry of Afghanistan and here she wrote her many open stage dramas.
In 1999 she joined Shafaq Film Institution for cinema academic studies and gained the national certificate in film directing.
In 2002 she did another intensified film directing course at the fine art department in Kabul University where her directorial debut started.
Nafisa Saba Sahar has appeared in more than 36 short film as well as long feature film and has played roles in more than 80 open stage dramas.
In 2003 she established Saba film production company (SFPC) the first woman film production in Afghanistan in a big official ceremony in Kabul.
1. In 2004 she wrote, directed and produced her first feature film.
2. In 2004 the information and cultural ministry of Afghanistan appointed her as one of the delegation member for the Afghanistan’s picture broadcasting observant
3. In 2005 she was appointed as one of the Afghanistan’s cinema union and filmmaker’s leader
4. In 2005 she made a film in Pashto language under the title of brightness after darkness (Rana Di Toor Tam Pasi)
5. In 2005 she produced directed and wrote another feature film Oath (Sawgand)
6. In 2007 she produced two film the Rescue and the Monsters of the death
7. In 2008 she produce and directed feature film under the title of My Life My Homeland (Tani Man Watani Man)
8. In 2008 she produce and directed 25 documentary films under the title of Living in Cave (Sandagi Dar Magaraha)
9. In 2010 she produced 15 episodes series drama about elimination of violence against women.
10. In 2011 she produced 40 episodes series drama about Afghan national police empowerment, under the title of Commissar Amanullah.
Awards and nominees
1. Afghanistan National theatrical festival: 1988 best open stage performer
2. Title of best and first afghan woman filmmaker and director: 2005
3. (oath) Best feature film award: Tajikistan Didar Film Festival 2005
4. (living in cave) documentary: Safma Nepal Film Festival special award 2008
5. In 2008 Nafisa Saba Sahar received cash and non cash prizes for the living in cave documentary from the GTZ organization, ministry of interior, cultural and information ministry, woman affair ministry, defense ministry, Afghanistan national TV, Kabul Art University, afghan cinema union, afghan film organization, Kabul theatre center.

Mobile Cinema activities
1. In 2005 Nafisa Saba Sahar produced, directed and wrote another feature film (Law-Qaboon) which was funded by the Afghanistan ministry of interior and broadcasted by Saba Film mobile cinema screening team in over ten main provinces of Afghanistan.
2. In 2008 Nafisa Saba Sahar produced, directed, and wrote another feature film (The Rescue- Najat) which was funded by GTZ organization and broadcasted by Saba Film mobile cinema screening team in over 17 provinces of Afghanistan.

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Director Statement

Director’s Statement:
Documentary of special women, about the lives of people from the society, especially women who have joined the ranks of the ANP to defend their land and family against terrorists and aggressors, and are engaged in duty in one of the special parts of the war.
Afghanistan has a traditional society where men do not accept the presence of women in society and most men do not want women to work alongside men in society and have an active share in society.
In Afghan society, women in different sections of society have a semi-active share in society, but this participation of women faces many difficulties.
And although the conditions are not good for women in the community, a number of women have been able to serve in certain parts of the police force.
I am one of these women who has been working in the Ministry of Interior of Afghanistan for more than 26 years, so I feel all the conditions because I struggled with many problems myself.
I wanted to direct a documentary about women in special units fighting against the enemies of Afghanistan, to show the role and presence of women in the Afghan Ministry of Interior, and especially in special police units around the world.
I myself work in special police units as deputy commander and gender director of this unit.
And I am at the Hebrew level of this command, the duties that these heroic women perform in this piece are appreciated.
And by producing this documentary, I wanted to be able to show the courage of these women, to show how these women are being trained and prepared in this field to face their country against the enemies of Afghanistan.
And how do these women get into the difficult tasks of war? And how do their job like a men? Are women's abilities different from men's, or can these women, like men, serve in the Afghan Defense Forces?
I consulted with my wife, Mr. Emal Zaki, who is the director of Karora Production, to make this documentary, and fortunately my wife took over the production of this documentary and helped me as a producer.
Regarding the making of this documentary, I consulted with my foreign consultants, who explained the plan to them, and they welcomed my plan and expressed their support for the making of this documentary.
The British Embassy in Kabul also funded part of the documentary.