What We Left Unfinished

Mariam Ghani’s What We Left Unfinished is a probing and engrossing case study in censorship, authoritarianism, and political art. Thirty years after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan and the subsequent civil war, during a new era of political uncertainty for the embattled nation, What We Left Unfinished looks closely at the era of state-funded Afghan filmmaking during the country’s Communist era, bringing together dozens of writers, actors, and filmmakers to discuss five unfinished, unedited projects produced between 1978 and 1991. The film was selected by the Berlin Film Festival, DOC NYC, and Il Cinema Ritrovato. What We Left Unfinished will be in US theaters and virtual theatrical release starting Friday August 6th.

Khalek Halil’s unfinished film Almas-e Siah (The Black Diamond)  •  2019

Khalek Halil’s unfinished film Almas-e Siah (The Black Diamond)

from What We Left Unfinished (Indexical Films, 2019)
Afghanistan, Qatar, USA
Written & Directed by: Mariam Ghani
Starring: Latif Ahmadi, Jawanshir Haidari, Asadollah Aram
71 minutes
Language: Dari, English

2019  •  Image courtesy of Mariam Ghani

Khalek Halil’s unfinished film Almas-e Siah (The Black Diamond)  •  2019

Khalek Halil’s unfinished film Almas-e Siah (The Black Diamond)

from What We Left Unfinished (Indexical Films, 2019)
Afghanistan, Qatar, USA
Written & Directed by: Mariam Ghani
Starring: Latif Ahmadi, Jawanshir Haidari, Asadollah Aram
71 minutes
Language: Dari, English

2019  • 

Still from What We Left Unfinished (Indexical Films, 2019)  •  2019

Still from What We Left Unfinished (Indexical Films, 2019)

Afghanistan, Qatar, USA
Written & Directed by: Mariam Ghani
Starring: Latif Ahmadi, Jawanshir Haidari, Asadollah Aram
71 minutes
Language: Dari, English

2019  •  Image courtesy of Mariam Ghani and Dekanalog

Khalek Halil’s unfinished film Almas-e Siah (The Black Diamond)  •  2019

Khalek Halil’s unfinished film Almas-e Siah (The Black Diamond)

from What We Left Unfinished (Indexical Films, 2019)
Afghanistan, Qatar, USA
Written & Directed by: Mariam Ghani
Starring: Latif Ahmadi, Jawanshir Haidari, Asadollah Aram
71 minutes
Language: Dari, English

2019  •  Image courtesy of Mariam Ghani