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Samira & Non-professional Actors

This is an educational documentary by Hana Makhmalbaf on Samira Makhmalbaf’s style of filmmaking and the techniques she uses to lead non professional actors.

Director's View: 

To me Samira as my sister is completely different from Samira as a filmmaker. Her genius in guiding non professional actors always mind boggling to me. In her last film, Two Legged Horse I was present as stills photographer. I took advantage of the opportunity to make a documentary on the techniques Samira employs to guide non professional actors; techniques that Samira calls as explanatory, imitative, technical and provocative.


Original Title: Samira Va Bazigaran gheire-herffe
Director & Cinematographer: Hana Makhmalbaf
Ziya Mirza Mohamad
Haron Ahad
Gol Gotai Karimi
Khojeh Nader
Music: Tolibkhon Shahidi
Still Photographer: Hana Makhmalbaf
Edit: Dilovar Sultonov
Sound mix: Hossein Mahdavi
Executive producer: Maysam Makhmalbaf
Production: Wild Bunch / Makhmalbaf Film House
International Sales:
Makhmalbaf Film House
Wild Bunch (France)

Afghanistan, 39 minutes, Colour, DVCAM, 2008