Inspired by the Communist president Najibullāh's grand project to bring about reconciliation with the mujahidin, the story of Baba concerns two small villages drawn into conflict by a murder, a revenge plot, and the dishonorable dealings of a spy. The villages are finally reconciled by the advice of a wise old man, Baba, who has kept out of all the quarrels that have separated everybody else by retiring to a cave. The character of Baba is based on a real hermit, Baba Firoz, who lived in a cave in Goldara surrounded by tame animals and supposedly lived to be 127 years old.
by Juwansher Haidary
with Salaam Tsangi, Wali Talash, Asadullah Aram, Ibrahim Tookhyan, Humayun Pais, Zarghuna Aram
Afghanistan 1989 Dari 100’


  • Salaam Tsangi
  • Wali Talash
  • Asadullah Aram
  • Ibrahim Tookhyan
  • Humayun Pais
  • Zarghuna Aram


Written and Directed by Juwansher Haidary
Cinematography Noor Hashim Abeer
Editing M. Akeem Marzi
Sound Noorullah Multafit
Art Director Osman Aleem
Make-Up Sayed Khadeem Qubadi
Digital Restoration Afghan Films, National Archive of Afghanistan, Indexical Films

World sales

Rafi Azizi, National Archive of Afghanistan

Produced by

Afghan Films

Juwansher Haidary

Born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1952. He studied Engineering. In the early 1970s, together with Toryalai Shafaq and Latif Ahmadi, he founded Ariana Films, Afghanistan's first private film production company. The director and actor Juwansher Haidary is the current head of the Afghan Filmmakers Union.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019