Official Trailer for 'Three Songs for Benazir' Short About Afghan Teens
"We will either be bombed by the foreigners, or killed by the Taliban." Though love persists. Netflix has unveiled a trailer for a documentary called Three Songs for Benazir, an award-winning 22-minute short film from filmmakers Gulistan & Elizabeth Mirzaei. This is in contention at the Oscars, currently on the long list, for Best Short Film this year. It also won Best Short at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and is a nominee at the 15th Annual Cinema Eye Honors. Three Songs for Benazir reveals the extraordinary story of two Afghan teens in a camp for displaced people in Kabul. Even as Shaista's love for Benazir is palpable, the choices he must make to build a life with her have profound consequences. A story about "modern-day Afghans who live, love, and seek space for themselves amid constant instability." Yeah it looks remarkably compassionate and hopeful, showing us the personal lives of people most of us probably never think about.
Official trailer (+ posters) for Gulistan & Elizabeth Mirzaei's doc Three Songs for Benazir, on YouTube:
Three Songs for Benazir is the story of Shaista, a young man who—newly married to Benazir and living in a displacement camp in Kabul, Afghanistan—struggles to balance his dreams of being the first from his tribe to join the Afghan National Army against the responsibilities of starting a family. Gulistan and Elizabeth Mirzaei's remarkable access sheds light on the experience of modern-day Afghans who live, love and seek space to advance their lives amid constant instability. Three Songs for Benazir is co-directed by the filmmaking couple Elizabeth Mirzaei & Gulistan Mirzaei, directors of the doc Laila at the Bridge previously, as well as other shorts. It's produced by Omar Mullick, Hamayoun Noori and Jamil Rezaei. This initially premiered at the 2021 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival last year, where it won the Best Short Film Jury Prize. Netflix will release Three Songs for Benazir streaming starting on January 24th, 2022.