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An Afghan refugee attempts to build a life for himself and his family in Iran, but the horrors of his homeland are replaced with a new hell after his daughter is excluded from school.

  • Asad Sikandar
    Director
  • Asad Sikandar
    Writer
  • Rajesh Suvarna
    Producer
  • Asad Sikandar
    Producer
  • Diana Sikandar
    Key Cast
  • Asad Sikandar
    Key Cast
  • Thamina Rajabova
    Key Cast
  • Farooq Sarkosh
    Key Cast
  • Ziaghul Shanawazi
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    MUHAZIR
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Short
  • Runtime:
    34 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 10, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    300,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Afghanistan
  • Country of Filming:
    Afghanistan
  • Language:
    Persian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Orlando Film Festival
    Orlando, Florida
    October 22, 2015
    US Premiere
  • Equality International Film Festival
    Sacramento, California
    November 8, 2015
    Audience Choice Award & Independent Spirit Award
  • International Peace and Film Festival
    Orlando, Florida
    December 12, 2015
    Best Direction & Best Supporting Actor
  • Oxford Human Rights Festival
    Oxford, UK
    February 11, 2016
    UK Premiere
  • Cannes Short Film Corner
    Cannes
    France
    June 18, 2016
  • Glass City Film Festival
    Ohio
    United States
    June 20, 2016
  • Rapid Lion Film Festival
    Johannesburg
    South Africa
    March 15, 2017
    Special Focus Award
Director Biography - Asad Sikandar

Asad Sikandar was born in Kabul - Afghanistan. Asad completed Bachelor degree from National Academy for Theater and Film Arts (NATFA) from Sofia - Bulgaria. He Acquired Black belt degree in Taekwondo from Germany and accomplished Acting skills from Roshan Tanjea Acting Academy from Mumbai - India.

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Director Statement

We filmed amid suicide bombers on the street, mines and other security threats. Afghans are passionate about cinema, especially Bollywood, and films are not an escape for them — they are a way of life. I hope to change things by opening a filmmaking school in Afghanistan.