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Mina Walking

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SATURDAY, OCT 15th, 2016 || 2PM || SIFF FILM CENTER

Directed by Yosef Baraki
Runtime: 110min
Language: Dari (with English subtitles)
Country: Afghanistan
Year: 2015

MINA WALKING tells the story of Mina, an impulsive twelve-year-old Afghan street seller saddled by a senile grandfather and a neglectful father, who sees her future slipping away when she is forced to neglect her education and walk the streets of Kabul to support her fragmented family. In the seven days that follow her life, Mina’s quest to emancipate her father from the claws of a local drug dealer and her attempt to secretly attend school underlines the current struggle of a young generation of Afghans trying to shake off the echoes of oppression from the Taliban ear that continues to haunt those who bore witness to it.

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DIRECTOR’S BIO

DIRYosef Baraki  is a Canadian filmmaker, writer, editor and film producer. He is best known for his feature film debut Mina Walking which premiered at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival and won the inaugural Discovery Award at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards. His work is characterized by unconventional dramatic structure and realism focused on the spiritual. Baraki studied film and television production and philosophy at Toronto’s York University and Humber College.