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What We Left Unfinished (In-Person Only)
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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Sep 15, 2021 7:30 PM
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What We Left Unfinished (In-Person Only)
Wed Sep 08: 7.30pm PDT
Thu Sep 09: 7.30pm PDT
Fri Sep 10: 7.30pm PDT
Sat Sep 11: 7.00pm PDT
Sun Sep 12: 7.30pm PDT
Wed Sep 15: 7.30pm PDT

$13 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member

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NWFF is adapting to evolving recommendations to protect the public from COVID-19. Read more about their policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations at bit.ly/nwffcovidsafety

Mariam Ghani
Afghanistan, Qatar & US
1h 11m

Utterly unique in film history, Mariam Ghanis archival marvel What We Left Unfinished is a probing and engrossing case study in censorship, authoritarianism, and political art. Thirty years after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan and the subsequent civil war, during a new era of political uncertainty for the embattled nation, What We Left Unfinished looks closely at the era of state-funded Afghan filmmaking during the countrys Communist era, bringing together dozens of writers, actors, and filmmakers to discuss five unfinished, unedited projects produced between 1978 and 1991.

After each regime change, leaders always saw propagandistic potential in Kabuls rich filmgoing culture and the high quality of Afghan filmmaking. Scenes from the five never-before-seen films, beautifully restored, testify to the immense resources provided to filmmakers willing to play by certain rules. The studio politics and mishaps that accompany any films production here rise to the level of life-and-death conflict, as filmmakers recall coming up against the censorship of an authoritarian government, as well as unceasing threats of violence. Depicting the censorship process with astounding detail, What We Left Unfinished raises potent, eternally relevant questions about art and politics, the freedom of speech, and what happens when the truth becomes a bargaining chip.

Mariam Ghani, the accomplished visual artist and a longtime advocate for film conservation, makes a passionate and personal feature directorial debut. Selected by the Berlin Film Festival, DOC NYC, and Il Cinema Ritrovato, What We Left Unfinished is an unsettling and brilliantly researched exposé which will prove disquieting to filmmakers and audiences alike.

(Mariam Ghani, Afghanistan, Qatar & US, 2019, 71 min, in English & Dari with English subtitles)
Description and images on this page courtesy of Dekanalog.

A true kaleidoscope of images and ideas, an extremely concise audiovisual avalanche from which you want to absorb everything, because you will not soon see anything similar.  Vice

Powered by the curious, and fraught relationship that can exist between oppression and art Ghanis immersive record is a curiosity that will satisfy any inquiring cinematic mind.  Film Inquiry


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
United States





Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum's ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject! If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Executive Director Vivian Hua at vivian@nwfilmforum.org

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