MICHAEL J. LUTMAN
The performance of 'Farkhunda' above was captured at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) in the capital city of Kabul. Whilst the focus of the film production at ANIM was on three young girls attending the co-ed music school, in a rigidly conservative country, the inspiration behind this piece eerily represents the dark landscape of patriarchy and the extreme idealism they face. Written and performed by the 17-year-old piano student, Arson Farhim, about the killing of Farkhunda (click here to see the full New YorkTimes story.)
The documentary project on the three remarkable female students of ANIM is currently in the post-production development stage. The full film will offer a rare glimpse of their adolescent hopes to live in a more expressive society; a society not long ago which was ruthlessly controlled by a repressive Taliban regime of fear and hate. Teaser and more info to come soon...