Kabul Beauty

Kabul Beauty

26th TIDF: Greek Premiere

Their names are Sofia and Nigina. They’re Afghans, beautiful, proud, best friends. And, despite themselves and without knowing it, icons of Kabul’s idle youth. Behind the curtains of their beauty salon, whose exterior has been ransacked by the Taliban, they support a small team and a dream: to protect their last space of freedom. Sophia and Nigina’s salon is situated in central Kabul. Around twenty employees work there, seven days a week. It’s a sanctuary for women: a place where men do not enter. Somewhere to get pampered, comfort each other and talk about the country’s situation. We began filming the day after the Taliban came to power on August 15, 2021. The new rulers of Afghanistan made a promise to the world: they have changed. For a year and a half, as the extremists impose new laws on Afghans, especially women, we follow the two friends in their beauty salon and across the Afghan capital: in a park where they are the only ones who still dare to show their faces; on the hilltops where they learn to drive in secret; on a big wheel where, with their hair blowing in the wind, they narrowly escape the Taliban… And then, on the road to exile. The repression becomes too harsh, too suffocating, too violent. The young women’s quest for lightness becomes a plan of escape… Which will test their resilience, their courage, and even their friendship.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TIDF26.

Direction: Margaux Benn, Solène Chalvon-Fioriti
Cinematography: Solène Chalvon-Fioriti, Jordan Bryon, Clément Gargoullaud, Julien Goudichaud, James de Caupenne
Editing: Oktay Sengul, Anne-Marie Le Solliec
Sound: Studio MarcAurel
Music: Audio Network
Production: Kraken Films
Producers: Clément Gargoullaud, David Muntaner
Co-production: LCP - Assemblé Nationale
Co-producers: Delphine Pianta
Narration: Corinne Glowacki
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: France
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 51'
Contact: Java Films

Margaux Benn


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Solène Chalvon-Fioriti


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