Mahboba Rawi, a strong-willed Afghan-Australian woman, and the founder of Mahboba’s Promise, has dedicated her life to helping orphans, widows and schooling girls in Afghanistan. She is the mother figure for thousands of orphans she has rescued. Abdul, one of these orphans, is in love with Fatemeh, the girl next door. The two have been exchanging romantic letters for over a year and hope to marry one day. But Fatemeh’s father has other plans – he has decided to marry her off to anyone who can offer a large sum of money as her dowry. Devastated, Abdul is hoping when Mahboba arrives for her yearly trip to Kabul, she will help him again. When Mahboba hears the story, she is very concerned about Abdul, and Fatemeh’s possible fate in a forced marriage. She is determined to make the marriage happen between Abdul and Fatemah. However, Fatemeh’s father makes demands beyond anyone’s expectations. He won’t let the marriage happen unless Mahboba pays him $10,000 or finds a wife for his eldest son to replace Fatemeh’s role in the household. With nothing to Abdul’s name, the fate of the couple depends entirely on Mahboba’s ability to meet or negotiate the father’s terms. But she only has one month and limited resources.
[director]Amin Palangi is an Iranian filmmaker based in Australia and the founder of Palangi Productions. He has been making fictional and documentary films in Afghanistan, Iran and Australia. His debut feature documentary “Love Marriage in Kabu”l was the recipient of the Audience Choice Award at the Sydney Film Festival, Winner of Audience Award for Best Documentary at Canberra Film Festival, finalist for the Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism and went on to win him the award for best direction from the Australian Director’s Guild in 2015.
Amin is an AFTRS graduate and holds a PhD from Australian National University (ANU). In addition to his filmmaking, he has worked as the Screen Producer at Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE), a post production lecturer at JMC academy, and is the founder and director of the Persian Film Festival in Australia. Currently, Amin is the convergent media lecturer at UWS and is member of the Screen NSW industry advisory committee.[/director]