Ajyal Film Festival 2023

All Films

Faridullah's Day Off (Faridullahs fridag)

Special Screening

Jens Pedersen / Short Documentary / Denmark, Afghanistan / 2013 / 17 min / Colour / DCP
In Afghan / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Documentary, Children
MENA Premiere


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 Directors

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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