Directed by Afsaneh Salari, the 80-minute documentary is about an Afghan family that had left the homeland 40 years ago to start a new life in Iran.
Now their son who is an engineering student wants to return to Afghanistan to live and work there, but the family opposes his plan.
“At the height of the USSR’s invasion of Afghanistan in 1982, 1.5 million Afghans undertook the long journey to the border of Iran to flee the war. Taghi, born after that generation, is unwilling to surrender to the restrictions imposed on him and his parents in Iran. Since Afghans in Iran are only allowed to work in manual labor, Taghi plans to move back to his home country, which he has never known. What future awaits him in Afghanistan, where war remains part of people's lives today?” a synopsis for the documentary reads.
‘The Silhouettes’ has gone on screen at a number of global events and won honors such as ‘Docs In Progress’ award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, special mention at the Visions du Réel in Switzerland, first prize at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival in Nepal, Emerging Filmmaker award at the Thin Line Film Music Fest in the US, and Next Award at the 13th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival in South Korea.