Mina is a typical 12-year-old girl — feisty and energetic. But Mina lives in modern day Kabul, Afghanistan, and her circumstances are anything but typical. After losing her mother to a Taliban attack, Mina is left alone to take care of the household, looking after her senile grandfather, while her drug-addicted father wastes away. Eager to learn, Mina must skip school in order to earn a meager living for the household, peddling souvenirs on the street.
Premiering at the Berlin Film Festival in 2015 where it was nominated for a Crystal Bear, Best First Feature Award, and the Amnesty Film Prize, Mina Walking is a remarkable feature debut from Toronto filmmaker Yosef Baraki inspired by street children of Kabul. Shot guerilla-style on city streets with mostly non-actors utilizing improvisation, first-time director Baraki has crafted an immense achievement, telling a story that is both timeless and timely about the lasting effects of the Taliban era and Coalition war from the perspective of a shattered Afghan family. -AC
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