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Wolf and Sheep

Co-presented by the CMU Center for the Arts in Society

Co-sponsored by the Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies Center, the Asian Studies Program, the Film and Media Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh,  SCREENSHOT: ASIA at the University of Pittsburgh, The Giler Humanities Lectures Fund, the CMU Sustainability Initiative, the Humanities Scholars Program at CMU, and the Askwith Kenner Global Languages and Cultures Room.

Directed by Shahrbanoo Sadat

Run Time: 86 mins 
Released: Denmark/France/Sweden/Afghanistan/2016 
Language:  Hazaragi

In rural Afghanistan, storytellers spin tales of mystery to understand their world. Shepherd children own the mountains and, without adult supervision, they uphold their parents’ rules. Boys and girls play separately. Boys practice with their slings to fight wolves. Girls smoke secretly and play at getting married, dreaming of their future husband. Wolf and Sheep offers a naturalistic perspective of overlooked rural life in Afghanistan. What stories do we tell each other every day, and which of ours will survive over the generations? 

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"Inspired by the remote, rural outpost in central Afghanistan where the filmmaker spent her teenage years feeling like an outsider, the film immediately establishes the dynamic of a place out of time, a spot where not much happens and where everyone knows everyone else’s business and discusses it ad infinitum." – Variety

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Event includes

Q&A and Discussion with director Shahrbanoo Sadat

Moderated by Visiting Research Faculty in Afghan Cinema and Theatre Habib Sorosh. 


6pm reception catered by Ali Baba  

Connan Room, CMU - Jared L. Cohon University Center

+ Special Workshop!

Saturday, March 18 | 1 PM at Hunt Library, Studio A , CMU

Exclusive Film Workshop with director Shahrbanoo Sadat

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Shahrbanoo Sadat


Shahr is a scriptwriter and director based in Kabul. Shahr studied documentary film-making at the “Atelier Varan Kabul,” a French Workshop. Her first short fiction “Vice Versa One” was selected at Directors’ Fortnight in 2011. In 2013, she launched her production company “Wolf Pictures” in Kabul. Wolf and Sheep  was developed with the Cannes Cinéfondation Residency in 2010. Shahr was 20 years old at the time - the youngest ever selected.


  • Winner, Best Film, Asian Film Festival Barcelona

  • Winner, C.I.C.A.E. Award, Cannes Film Festival

  • Nominee, Best Youth Feature Film, Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Screening Soon!

Date: March 17
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: CMU, McConomy Auditorium @ Jared L. Cohon Center

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