Afghanistan, 1989: teenager Qodratollah is selling cinema tickets at an inflated price when he is snagged by the police and taken to an orphanage-cum-borstal. Our hero realises his only chance is to form alliances if he doesn’t want to be bullied into submission. All the while, his passion for Bollywood films allows him to escape into an imaginary world where his fantasies come true as musical numbers. Writer-director Shahrbanoo Sadat’s second feature is part of a planned five-film series inspired by her friend’s diaries.

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Ticket prices

Standard £13
Concession £11.25
Premier £14.50
Premier Concession £12.25

Shahrbanoo Sadat

Qodratollah Qadiri, Sediqa Rasuli, Masihullah Feraji

90 min

Denmark, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Afghanistan, Qatar

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Preview screening courtesy of Luxbox