SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL AND CASULA POWERHOUSE PRESENT
WHEN POMEGRANATES HOWL
Iranian-Australian filmmaker Granaz Moussavi (My Tehran for Sale) returns with the tale of a street-smart boy working to support his family in Kabul.
The second feature by acclaimed female poet-writer-director Moussavi presents a picture of Kabul we rarely see. Conflict and suffering are not the story’s main focus. In the spotlight is the beaming, hopeful and determined face of Hewad, a nine-year-old kid who pushes a rickety cart of goods all over town to raise money.
Having lost both his father and brother, this lively lad with a smart business brain has assumed the role of family breadwinner. After meeting an unnamed Australian photographer, Hewad’s dream of becoming a movie star may not seem so unlikely after all. This affecting slice-of-life tale is beautifully filmed and wonderfully well performed by a non-professional cast.
Based on real events.
COUNTRY Australia, Afghanistan
LANGUAGE In Farsi and Pashto with English subtitles
DIRECTOR Granaz Moussavi
PRODUCER Christine Williams, Baheer Wardak, Marzieh Vafamehr
CAST Arafat Faiz, Elham Ahmad Ayazi, Saeeda Saadat
CINEMATOGRAPHER Behrouz Badrouj
EDITOR Shima Monfared
Faiz, an untrained young actor, is outstanding in the lead role and a delight to watch as the fast-talking, street-smart kid who works every angle, sees every chance, and seizes every day. – Travis Akbar, Screen Hub