“Compelling and captivating storytelling…” — Alan Berliner
“A film which transcends genre, empathetic and compassionate, yet not sentimental…” — FilmInk
“Thoughtfully produced with a fine non-judgemental eye...” — Martha Ansara
This lively lovingly fashioned tale of the brokering of a marriage takes place amidst the ruins of a country impoverished by decades of war. Despite the sombre undertones, there is a brisk upbeat momentum to Love Marriage in Kabul largely inspired by the machinations of Mahboba, a Sydney based Afghan who is constantly hustling funds to run her orphanage and several schools in Kabul, but still finds the fire and the brimstone to percolate this marriage. Dir Amin Palangi admits the larger themes, but cleverly keeps the engine of his story purring around its central characters: the would-be groom, the people who try to help him, and the woebegone girl-bride, held to ransom, as women are all over the world, by desperate men chasing cash. A small miracle points to the possibility of much larger ones, and the film takes on the rosy lustre of a folk tale, continuing its sacred journey from one generation to the next.
“Finely crafted character-based film that provides compelling insight into Afghan culture…” — The Walkley Foundation
Curious about who Mahboba Rawi, the leading character in Love Marriage in Kabul, is? Here is an informative piece about her. Read Online
You think getting married in Australia is expensive? Check out the costs in Kabul! Whether you have enough money to pay - or even if you haven't - the pressure is on to flaunt it for all you are worth Read Online
Amin was interviewed by SBS about the film. Click the link to listen to the interview in Farsi on SBS with the director Amin Palangi about the film. Listen Online