When an Afghan immigrant in Germany discovers his precocious 8-year-old daughter stowed away in the trunk of his delivery van, he must step up his game as a single dad while also having to safeguard his first job in the new country. As the two deliver packages through a faceless city where microaggressions against immigrants come in different shades, their relationship is put to the test.

Accomplished cinematographer and IFFLA alum Zamarin Wahdat [Devi, Grand Jury Award Winner, IFFLA 2017] returns to the festival with her remarkable directorial debut which has gained acclaim worldwide after premiering at Sundance. With her astute and compassionate lens, Wahdat eloquently captures the innuendos of the everyday immigrant experience in Western Europe, while at the same time crafting a lovely, engrossing portrait of the precious and precarious bond between father and daughter.

Fiction, Drama, Female-centered, Woman Director

Zamarin Wahdat
Zamarin Wahdat

Born in Afghanistan and raised in Germany, cinematographer Zamarin Wahdat attended New York University’s graduate Film Program as a Dean’s Fellow and participated in Los Angeles Film Independent’s Project Involve. In 2020, she received an Oscar for the short documentary Learning How To Skate in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl), and was selected for the American Society of Cinematographers’ Vision Mentorship Program. She continued to shoot episodes of Germany’s most popular television shows: Tatort: Schattenleben and Ferdinand von Schirach: Glauben. Her directorial debut, Bambirak (2021), won Best International Short at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2022, Wahdat shot the Canadian coming-of-age feature Spirits in the Blood and the feature documentary Long Distance Swimmer: Sara Mardini, which just premiered at Sheffield DocFest and Hot Docs.

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October 15, 2023 12:00 pm

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