Barmak Akram: The Kabuli Kid

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (April 2013)

Wajma (An Afghan Love Story) premiered as part of History of Histories: Afghan Films 1960-Present and in conjunction with, the first exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative.

Special one-time screening and discussion with the filmmaker:

Wajma (An Afghan Love Story), the most recent film written and directed by Barmak Akram (b. 1966, Kabul), follows the clandestine relationship of gregarious waiter, Mustafa and pretty student, Wajma. A playful and passionate affair unravels when Wajma discovers she is pregnant and the consequences of broken societal rules rapidly unfold. Wajma (An Afghan Love Story) offers a complex and nuanced portrait of relationships, both romantic and familial, and gender roles in contemporary middle-class Afghanistan.

Following the screening, Ahmady and Mariam Ghani joined Akram in a discussion about filmmaking in Afghanistan, as well as the historic context and themes of cinema from the region. The program concluded with a reception and exhibition viewing of No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia.