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Faridullah's Day Off (Faridullahs fridag)

Special Screening - Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2014

Jens Pedersen / Short Documentary / Denmark, Afghanistan / 2013 / 17 min / Colour / DCP / In Afghan / Arabic, English subtitles / MENA Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.


Eleven-year-old Faridullah and his family live in a brick factory in Afghanistan, where they work all day long to pay off their debts. Faridullah’s father promises things will change, but every winter he must borrow money, so the cycle of labour never ends. Still, Faridullah dreams of getting an education and of one day owning a restaurant, in a heartrending clash of reality and imagination that is a harsh reminder of the suffering of many of the world’s children.

About the Director

Jens Pedersen was born in Denmark in 1961. He studied screenwriting at San Francisco State University and has made more than a dozen short and feature-length documentaries. . In 2013, he directed the five-part documentary ‘Faith Hope Afghanistan’, a series of portraits of Afghan children in Kabul and the ups and downs of life in the shadow of war.


Jens Pedersen
Jens Pedersen, Taj Mohammad Bakhtari
Jacob Gottchau
Jesper Osmund
Jens J. V. Pedersen, Taj Mohammad Bakhtari
Sales Company
Danish Broadcast Corporation

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