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Hamas-e eshq

Epic of Love

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Hamas-e eshq is a historical epic that follows a family feud spanning two-generations that is played out on the buzkashi field and two young lovers who defy their families' expectations and pay a tragic price. Nemat Arash plays Sharif and Sabera Arash plays Mazari, an Afghan Romeo and Juliet who try to flee, but ultimately get caught up in the rivalry between the buzkashi dynasties represented by their fathers (Asadullah Aram and Qader Faroukh). Yasamin Yarmal plays Pari, the best friend of the reckless Mazari, and famously sings a folk song about the red tulips that bloom briefly every spring in Mazar-e Sharif, where the film was shot (for the reshoots of this scene, the crew had to wait an entire year until the flowers bloomed again). The other characters include a villainous group of bandits led by Rafiq Zarghar. The score makes artful use of tabla solos, rabab, and synthesizers. It is one of the most popular Afghan films of all time, and still aired on television every year at Eid.

Latif Ahmadi

Afghanistan 1989


166’ · Colour


Yasamin Yarmal
Sabera Arash
Nemat Arash
Habib Zorghai
Qader Faroukh
Asadullah Aram
Zarghuna Aram
Raziq Zarghar


Written and Directed by
Latif Ahmadi
Wahidullah Ramaq
M. Hakim Marzi
Gulay Sorkh
Noorullah Multafit
Art Director
Osman Haleem
Zargoona Aram
Digital Restoration
National Film Board of Canada, Indexical Film


Latif Ahmadi

Born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1950. He studied Engineering. In the early 1970s, together with Toryalai Shafaq and Juwansher Haidary, he founded Ariana Films, Afghanistan’s first private film production company. Latif Ahmadi is one of Afghanistan’s most prolific and well-known filmmakers and served as the head of the national film institute and archive until 2013. He recently produced a series on Afghan film history for Ariana TV.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

Afghan Films

World Sales

Rafi Azizi, National Archive of Afghanistan