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What We Left Unfinished

Fall Grants 2018 - Post-Production Stage

Mariam Ghani / Feature Documentary / Afghanistan, United States of America, Qatar / 2019 / 72 min / Original Language: Dari / Interests: History, Art/Literature, Identity, Creative Documentary, Politics


‘What We Left Unfinished’ tells the incredible and mostly true story of five unfinished feature films from the Communist era in Afghanistan (1978-1991), and the people who went to crazy lengths to keep making films in a time when films were weapons, filmmakers became targets, and the dreams of constantly shifting political regimes merged with the stories told onscreen. Archival fictions, present-day recollections, and Afghanistans both imagined and real slip and slide into each other in a film that reminds us that nations are inventions, and films can reinvent them.


Mariam Ghani
Alysa Nahmias, Mariam Ghani
Production Company
Indexical Films
Production Company
Indexical Films

About the Director

Director and producer Mariam Ghani's films and installations have been presented at IFFR, CPH: DOX, Transmediale, Lincoln Center, MoMA, the National Gallery, Documenta, CCCB in Barcelona, Garage in Moscow, and the Liverpool, Sharjah and Gwangju Biennials. They are also in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Arab American National Museum, the Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE), and the Devi Art Foundation (India). She has won a number of awards and fellowships, most recently the Changemaker Storyteller Award from the Center for Constitutional Rights. 'What We Left Unfinished' is her first feature film.

Awards and Festival History


"Berlinale 2019 (WP), Forum
San Francisco IFF 2019
Sheffield Doc Festival 2019
Rhode Island FF 2019
Goteborg FF 2020"


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