THE SWEETEST EMBRACE: RETURN TO AFGHANISTAN

By Najeeb MIRZA

OXUS FILMS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2008

The Sweetest Embrace follows Soorgul and Amir on a challenging journey to find their families in war-torn Afghanistan after being taken away to Soviet Tajikistan as children 16 years earlier.

    • Year of production
    • 2008
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • CANADA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, FARSI
    • Director(s)
    • Najeeb MIRZA
    • Producer(s)
    • Bonnie THOMPSON (NFB), Adam SYMANSKY (NFB), Najeeb MIRZA (Oxus Films)
    • Synopsis
    • Soorgul and Amir were two of many Afghan children sent to be educated in Tajikistan during the Soviet occupation of their country. But when the Soviet Union collapsed, civil wars broke out on both sides of the border, leaving the children stranded, unable to return home.
      Sixteen years later, now refugees in Canada and in their mid-20s, Soorgul and Amir return to Afghanistan in search of their families. But as their paths diverge, their futures become filled with unexpected and unpredictable turns as they seek to find resolution in their lives.
      The Sweetest Embrace tells an intimate story set against harsh yet beautiful landscapes, in a land where life has been shaped by war and hardship but where spirit remains resilient.
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