Statement by the jury of the Sama International Film Festival
The judges of this year's festival:
Michael Graversen, Danish filmmaker
Asif Sultanzadeh, Afghan writer
Alka Sadat, Afghan documentary-maker
Wahid Nazari, filmmaker and former professor at the cinema department at Kabul University
Homayoun Morowat, filmmaker and composer
Hussein Danesh, filmmaker and film critic
We, the jury of the 11th Sama International Film Festival in Sweden watched 31 films from Afghanistan, Iran, India, Lebanon, France, Germany, Turkey, Denmark, Kazakhstan and Pakistan during the three days of the festival. Our efforts to judge the films were concentrated on the importance of the subject of the film, the type of narrative, and the consideration of the importance of the language and of the image and the cinema in the productions.
The criterion for us was not the filmmaker's gender, neither the region nor language, but only the criteria of a good film.
After several meetings of open and independent discussions the jury selected the best films of this year's festival in the following sections:
• In the best feature film section from Afghanistan
The statue for the Best Feature Film and the awards of the festival are given to the film "Rona, Azim´s Mother", directed by "Jamshid Mahmoudi"
• In the best short story section from Afghanistan
The statue for the Best Short Film and the awards of the festival are given to the film "The Camel Boy" directed by "Shabnam Zaryab"
• In the best documentary film section from Afghanistan
The jury did not consider any film among the arrived films to the festival, as the best documentary film.
• In the best animated film from Afghanistan
The jury did not select any film as the top film.
• In the best foreign feature film section
The statue for the Best Foreign Film and the awards of the festival are given to the film “Call to Father”, directed by Serik Aprimov from Kazakhstan.
• In the best foreign short fiction film section
The statue for the Best Short Fiction Film and the awards of the festival are given to the film "Buttermilk", directed by Zainobiddin Muso from Tajikistan.
• In the best Foreign Documentary Film section
The jury of this section consisting of Wahid Nazari, Alka Sadat, Asif Sultanzadeh, Homayoun Morowat and Hossein Danesh, awarded the statue for the Best Foreign Documentary Film and the awards of the festival to the film “Dreaming of Denmark” directed by Michael Graversen from Denmark.
The jury of 11th Sama International Film Festival in Stockholm – Sweden
15th of September 2019