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A problem was the lack of cooperation of the Afghan community itself. The women, though living in Iran, were under cover and not willing to participate in the film, and none of the ethnic groups were willing to work together or be together.
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Afghan society is very complex, and Afghanistan has a very complex culture. Part of the reason it has remained unknown is because of this complexity.
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Because there is so little room for expression otherwise, a lot of people love cinema because they find it a way of expressing themselves.
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But also, there are no films being made about Afghanistan.
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But yes, of course, in many other films, there's a part of me that does appear, for example, in Close Up, and A Moment Of Innocence.
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Do you know much about Afghanistan? I want to give you some statistics. Afghanistan has 20 million population; out of that, 6.5 million have been scattered around the world. 2.5 million have been killed in the last 20 years, or died because of famine or hunger - one person every five minutes.
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Do you know that every day, 10 people in Afghanistan are injured by landmines? It will continue for the next 50 years, because the country has the largest number of landmines in the world.
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Five years ago, Samira did not want to continue in the regular school system in Iran. To help her with her education, I set up a home school. It wasn't just for my family, it was open to other friends.
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From 7 in the morning to 11 at night, I was reading. I don't think one can find any other time in one's life to be left alone so much to read in peace like that.
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From my films, you can at least learn about Iran, you can get a sense of the history and the society. But no such films have been made about Afghanistan, so you really can't know much about it.
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I like to watch people, but now when I walk on the streets, before I get a chance to watch them, they notice me, and look at me.
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I myself had to grow a longer beard and Afghan clothes. I was in danger of being kidnapped by smugglers, though I didn't know it at the time.
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I wanted to be left alone to live my life, so it was very easy for people to pretend that they were me.
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I was able to slip into Afghanistan for a week. However, I had to go back into Iran to produce my film, shot about two kilometers from the border.
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I was in jail four and a half years. When I came out, I continued the same struggle against injustice, but instead of using weapons, I began to use art and cinema.
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I was involved with a group of activists, and we went to disarm this policeman, because we thought that it was through the use of arms that we could get rid of the Shah at the time. But in prison, I realised that the Shah was in our hearts and minds, and this was what had to be changed.
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I'm not playing myself. It's a symbolic situation, where I want to introduce a fascist behind the table. I couldn't have had anybody else do that; for it to be successful, I had to do it myself.
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I've heard about brothers making films, but I've never heard about whole families making films like this. We didn't intend to do it; it wasn't something that we planned - it just gradually happened.
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If I make two films in a year, they'll be different. This is my style - I can't have just one way.
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If there were 10 films made in the next few years about Afghanistan, people would begin to understand it better.
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In Afghanistan, this is the problem, because everybody holds a piece of that mirror, and they all look at it and claim that they hold the entire truth.
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In many ways, it is very real, because I sat there for 9 days, and it was constantly happening, and that was the 9 days of making the film. But you can't say that it's 100% true, because there are places where I've been intrusive and interfered.
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Rumi, who is one of the greatest Persian poets, said that the truth was a mirror in the hands of God. It fell, and broke into pieces. Everybody took a piece of it, and they looked at it and thought they had the truth.
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Salaam Cinema is a good example - it shows how people use cinema as a medium for their expression.
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The Buddhas had to be destroyed by the Taliban to get the world thinking about Afghanistan.
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The question in their minds was, why did the outside world, and particularly the Western world, produce all these landmines, and send them to Afghanistan? This business must be stopped. It's a dirty business to produce such a horrible device.
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The style depends on the subject.
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There was no safety whatsoever, as the Taliban militants terrorize people. We were forced to change sites every day.
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There's an 800 kilometer border between Iran and Afghanistan.
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Usually people like to categorise artists. With my films, I categorise people: if I know which one of my movies you like, I can tell which kind of a person you are.
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When I came out, and for many years afterwards, it had become a habit for me to sit and read and read and read, like an obsession. I would take 20 books, and not come out until I'd finished them. It took me a while to change that habit.
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When we began filming, these people had legs, but as we were filming, they had been injured and they were brought to the hospital to have their legs amputated, and that's where we found them and asked them to come and be part of the film.
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