In rural Afghanistan, the shepherd children own the mountains and, although no adults are around, they know the rules. They know that boys and girls are not allowed to be together. The boys practice with their slings to fight wolves whilst the girls smoke secretly and play at getting married, dreaming of finding a husband soon. But when eleven year old Qodrat becomes the subject of gossip he begins to roam the mountains alone, where he meets and becomes friend with outside Sediqua. Shahrbanoo Sadat’s debut feature film is inspired by her childhood years spent feeling like an outsider in a small, isolated village in central Afghanistan.

…simple but sincere, respectful and heartfelt and marks the arrival of a promising new talent. L.A. TIMES

Geographically the ‘Roof of the World’ is the area with the world’s highest mountains – the Himalayas. Our strand of films takes in Tibet, Nepal, Afghanistan and Mongolia, as cinematically they all contain the same themes and imagery. Of the seven films there are five which are about children discovering the world and their place within it, while surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery on Earth. A young girl wants to defy convention and become an eagle hunter (The Eagle Huntress), two boys need to retrieve their hen so the poor one can use the money to feed his family (The Black Hen), when a movie producer buys a boys favourite camel he sets out to get it back (Celestial Camel) and when a family is about to lose their farm a young boy enters a dangerous horse race to save his families livelihood (Zud). In the developed world our youth can become too concerned with their phones and social status, but in other areas of the world childhood fears and responsibilities can be far greater. Buy any 3 Roof of the World films for £15.

To book tickets visit the Eden Court website, or call the Box Office on 01463 234 234.

  • Rating:15+ IFF
  • Country:Denmark / Sweden / France / Afghanistan
  • Year:2016
  • Duration:86 minutes
  • Language:Hazaragi with subtitles
  • Director:Shahrbanoo Sadat
  • Starring:Sediqa, Qodrat, Amina, Sahar
  • With thanks to Alpha Violet