A story about the relationship between an American man and a Taliban leader. The two men meet in Afghanistan and a romance blooms. In a series of tableaux that blend poetic imagery and symbols, the film is an allegory for the relationship between Afghanistan and the United States.
Kubra Khademi & Daniel Pettrow
A film collaboration where both artists bring a dynamic range of artistic elements (visual art, theater, writing, cinema, ritual practices, cultural and political references) and weave them together in a narrative tapestry. This film was made during the Covid pandemic which forced the artists to work in a long distance collaboration. Each artist filmed their own scenes separately using green screens (Kubra Khademi in Paris, and Daniel Pettrow in New York.) The scenes were then edited together to create this film.
Kubra Khademi was born in 1989. She is an Afghan performance artist and a feminist based in Paris. Through her practice, Kubra explores her life as a refugee and a woman. She studied fine arts at Kabul University, before attending Beaconhouse National University in Lahore, Pakistan by UMISAA, In Lahore she began to create public performance, a practice she continued upon her return to Kabul, where her work actively responded to a male dominated society by extreme patriarchal politics. After performing her piece known as Armor in 2015, Khademi was forced to flee her home country. She currently lives and works in Paris, France and exhibiting her works worldwide. In 2016 Kubra was given the title of Knight of art and literature (Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Letter) by the Ministry of French Culture. Since 2017 Khademi is member of Atelier of Artists in Exile in Paris & 2017-2019 résidente of Cité International des Arts by French Institute. This year, Kubra Khademi is preselectioned for the prix BOURSE REVELATIONS EMERIGE and has obtained one year artist residency by Foundation Fiminco.
Daniel Pettrow is a Brooklyn-based artist, actor, and director. He frequently focuses on new and experimental creations while fostering collaborations with artists from different disciplines. Recently, he created the short film “Wolf and Duck” as part of the Guggenheim’s Work and Process Artist Virtual Commissions (available online at the Guggenheim website.). In 2019, he created an original dance-theater production with Mikhail Baryshnikov, and choreographer John Heginbotham, which had its world premiere at Baryshnikov Arts Center in October 2019. For the last twenty years, Daniel has worked closely with renowned French director Arthur Nauzyciel, having performed at National Theaters and festivals all over the world and staged readings. In 2016, Daniel worked with legendary Italian director Romeo Castellucci, performing in Julius Caesar: Spared Parts for FIAF’S “Crossing the Line Festival” in New York. Daniel is an associate actor with New York City-based experimental theater company The Wooster Group, having performed as Horatio in Hamlet, Sky in Vieux Carré, and Female Dancer in Who’s Your Dada?
Studio Thor, Brussels
The movie projection follows the performance Silent Song of Raeda Saadeh.
Written, created, and performed by Kubra Khademi and Daniel Pettrow. Produced by Fondation Fiminco. Edited by Daniel Pettrow. Music by Omar Zubair.