Layla's Melody: Faith Hope Afghanistan / Tro Håb Afghanistan: Laylas melodi

Jens Pedersen (DK, 2013)

Tro Håb Afghanistan: Laylas melodi (Jens Pedersen, DK, 2013)

Layla hasn't seen her mother for four years. Her father was killed in the war and poverty landed Layla in a Kabul orphanage. She is happy to be there, because she gets to go to school and play music, which she loves. Then she gets a message that her mother is coming to visit. Layla is worried that her mother wants to take her back to the village and marry her off.

The film is one of five short films in "Faith Hope Afghanistan", a series of portraits of Afghan children in Kabul and the ups and downs of life in the shadow of war.

CategoryDK/Documentary - Children's films

Basic information

Danish titleTro Håb Afghanistan: Laylas melodi
Other titlesLaylas melodi, Tro Håb Afghanistan
DirectorJens Pedersen
ScreenplayJens Pedersen
ProducerJakob Gottschau
Director of PhotographyJens Pedersen, Taj Mohammad Bakhtari
Online release2013-11-28
Production countryDenmark
Duration16 min.
Production companyPedersen & Co Aps
International saleDR International Sales / DR Byen / Emil Holms Kanal 20 / DK-0999 København C / t +45 3520 3040 / f +45 3520 3969 / /
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Additional information

Danish ratingAllowed for all

Full credits

Jens PedersenDirection
Jens PedersenScreenplay
Jakob GottschauProducer
Maria Mac DallandConsultant
Jens PedersenCinematographer
Taj Mohammad BakhtariCinematographer
Jens PedersenAdditional editing
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Awards and nominations

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Award Year Festivals
Best Documentary 2014 BUSTER 2014
Audience Award 2014 BUSTER 2014

Festival screenings

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Festivals Festival date
New York International Children's Film Festival 27-02-2015
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 27-01-2015
Seattle Children's Film Festival 23-01-2015
Bratislava, One World International Film Festival 01-11-2014
Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation 27-10-2014
BUSTER 12-09-2014
Seoul International Youth Film Festival 21-08-2014
Zlin Int. Film Festival for Children & Youth 30-05-2014
TIFF Kids 08-04-2014
Halifax, ViewFinders: International FF for Youth 06-04-2014
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 03-03-2014
Amsterdam, IDFA 20-11-2013
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Jens Pedersen

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