News + Press

January press

A great review from Jeff Rouner in the Houston Chronicle: These were movies made purely because Afghanistan wanted them to exist and spread information about who they were. There is something so pure and beautiful in that, and if nothing else, “What We Left Unfinished” is a soaring testament to what movies can mean to … Continue reading January press

Best of 2019 lists

So, we’re on Film Comment’s Best Undistributed Films of 2019 list – the “Congratulations, you made a cult film!” of year-end lists — and also the Asian Movie Pulse Best Asian Documentaries of 2019 list. Thank you to all who voted! And we’re happy to announce that in 2020, Good Docs will be distributing the … Continue reading Best of 2019 lists

Fall 2019 news + press

We won the Best Documentary – Speaking Truth to Power Award at the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival in November, and the Critics Choice Award at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in Arkansas in October. Thank you to both juries! Also, thanks to David Hudson at the Criterion Daily for highlighting What We Left … Continue reading Fall 2019 news + press

Il Cinema Ritrovato: Forward into the Past

The Celluloid Liberation Front, writing in the Brooklyn Rail, July 26th: Of a completely different order, both political and aesthetic, were the films produced in the Soviet-occupied Afghanistan of the 1980s. What We Left Unfinished (2019) by Mariam Ghani tells their pretty incredible story, which starts, present day, at Afghan Films (the national film institute … Continue reading Il Cinema Ritrovato: Forward into the Past

SFFILM press roundup

Interviews: With Sonia Zekri in the Suddeutsche Zeitung:“In the films that Ghani rescued and restored from the Kabul archive for ‘What We Left Unfinished,’ the promises [of Communism] glow in psychedelic colors. There are scenes of parties, whiskey and swimming pools, men with mustaches dancing with women in technicolor make-up, and all have incredible hairstyles. … Continue reading SFFILM press roundup