Drama - Development 2013

An Afghan American love story

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Drama
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    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 110 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Peter BUSSIAN
    • Writer(s)
    • Peter BUSSIAN, Lance MAZMANIAN
    • Producer(s)
    • Peter BUSSIAN (Scarlet Poppy LLC), Esben STAUN-OLSEN (Scarlet Poppy LLC), Siddiq BARMAK (Barmak Film)
    • Synopsis
    • Nic, an American expatriate advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Counter-Narcotics and rogue CIA operative, has spent years working in Afghanistan and has become jaded and worn out by the violence, hypocrisy and futility he has witnessed from all sides. For his final assignment in the country, he must go to a remote Pashtun province that is heavily controlled by the Taliban to implement an anti-poppy strategy in collaboration with the Provincial Governor. When he arrives, he accidentally gazes into the powerful amaranthine eyes of Shakeila, a singularly alluring Afghan widow, at a checkpoint. She is quickly covered with a Burqa and he is left with the only image of her he can see – her scarlet painted toes - before she rides off on a motorcycle driven by Siddiq, her 14-year-old son.
      Nic encounters Siddiq again a few days later when the boy is transporting a patient on his motorcycle to a medical clinic in the Governor’s compound, where Shakeila is the only doctor. This leads to an existential encounter between Nic and Shakeila that cannot be denied by either. Nic cannot help himself and continues to pursue Shakeila at the clinic despite the mortal threats to both for such forbidden encounters.
      Meanwhile, Shakeila is being relentlessly pursued by a local Taliban commander, Dadullah, the right-hand man of the Provincial Governor (Mussah Khan) who Nic is working with. To further complicate matters, Mussah Khan is the brother of Shakeila’s dead husband – and according to the Pashtun custom, he controls of her fate.
    • Partners & financing
    • USD 250,000 - Staun-Olsen/Johnson - Denmark
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