Marzia, My Friend

Feature documentary

“A dream of love, freedom and peace in Afghanistan”

Marzia, My Friend is the story of an Afghan woman in her twenties, who like all young people dreams of love, freedom and an interesting job. She dreams of peace and independence, but because she lives in Afghanistan, her dreams are revolutionary. Ultimately Marzia’s story becomes a symbol of the wider struggle of Afghan women: it is about the right to make decisions about your own life. The film follows Marzia’s life from spring 2011 to the end of 2014, when international troops were due to leave Afghanistan.

Writer and Director: Kirsi Mattila
Cinematographer: Sari Aaltonen, Alka Sadat, Malek Shafi’i, Kirsi Mattila, Hashim Didari
Sound Designer: Kirsi Korhonen
Sound Recorder: Katja Kostiainen
Editor: Hanna Kuirinlahti
Music: Pessi Levanto
Graphic Design: Tiina Madisson
Producers: Elina Pohjola and Piia Nokelainen / Pohjola-filmi
International sales: Christa Auderlitzky / Filmdelights /


Galway Film Fleadh Ireland 2015
Festival Norpas, Finland 2015
Blue Sea Film Festival, Finland 2015
Montreal World Film Festival, Canada 2015
Helsinki International Film Festival, Love and Anarchy, Finland 2015
Valladolid International Film Festival SEMINCI, Spain 2015
Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Germany 2015
Vienna Refugee Film Week, Austria 2015, opening film
Afghan Documentary Film Festival, Sweden 2015
Human Rights Film Day, Turkey 2015
Helsinki Documentary Film Festival DocPoint, Finland 2016 (Critic’s choice)
Queens World Film Festival, USA 2016
Millenium International Documentary Film Festival, Belgium 2016
Cineteca Madrid, Spain 2016
Days of European Film, Czech Republic 2016
Afghan Insternational Film Festival, London 2016
Seattle International Film Festival, USA 2016
The Women’s Film Festival, USA 2017


Human Rights Feature in Association with Amnesty International –prize, Galway Film Fleadh 2015
Public Award for the Best Documentary -prize, Montreal World Film Festival 2015
Best International Film about Afghanistan -award, Afghan Documentary Film Festival 2015
Best Documentary -award, Queens World Film Festival 2016
Young Vision -award, Millenium International Documentary Film Festival 2016