The doc, directed by Hassan Nouri and produced by Afsaneh Salari, is to represent Iran at the 2021 edition of the event.
‘The Forbidden Strings’ tells the story of four young Afghans who have been making music together for years, despite the disapproval of the people around them.
Akbar, Soori, Mohammed and Hakim, the children of some Afghan parents who fled to Iran in the 1980s, have formed a rock band.
Despite the danger they will face, they dream of performing in Afghanistan. They travel on a perilous route to get there and realize what they are up against soon after arriving.
Clearly, Afghanistan is still a very dangerous place. Moments of joy are infectious, and sobering reality is always lurking as four young people break with tradition to express themselves.
The QWFF is a multi-day annual film festival that provides screening and professional development opportunities and an educational initiative for youth and seniors.
The 11th edition of the event is slated for June 23 – July 3, 2021.