Sag-haye velgard (2004) AKA Stray Dogs


A thoughtful and emotionally challenging look at the lives of two children living in modern day Afghanistan, STRAY DOGS lifts the lid on what it is like living in the country, post-Taliban. The film focuses on a young brother and sister who are forced to share their incarcerated mother’s prison cell by night, but roam the streets during the day. For they are homeless; only allowed to stay within the prison’s confines after dark, the children are not permitted there during the day. Fed up with having to fend for themselves, and in a desperate bid to get locked up on a more permanent basis, the siblings concoct a cunning plan; using American cinema as a guide, they begin to perform robberies on the streets of Kabul.

Director: Marzieh Makhmalbaf. AKA Stray Dogs
Writer: Marzieh Makhmalbaf.
Stars: Gol-Ghotai, Zahed, Agheleh Rezaie, Sohrab Akbari, Jamil Ghanazideh, Agheleh Shamsollah, Razeddin Sayyar, Maydeh Gol, Ghomri Valad Amir, Shah Mahmood Golbahari, Emameddin Vakil, Akhtar Abdolaziz.

2004 Chicago International Film Festival – Nominated for the Gold Hugo.
2004 Venice Film Festival – Nominated for the Golden Lion.


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