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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 8 2018

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He came to the stage in a time when women in Kabul wore mini-skirts, foreigners flocked to Afghanistan on the “hippie trail,” and progressive change swept the country. Ahmad Zahir rocketed to stardom in the 60s and 70s, his voice capturing the soul of an entire generation. No other icon in Afghan history can allow us to more deeply explore a country that could have been, and unravel what such a progressive legacy means for the world today.

Despite being a household name for tens of millions of Afghans across the globe, and an inspiration to many others, to this day, there has never been a film about Ahmad Zahir... until now. 

This Kickstarter campaign is to support the production of the first-ever film about Ahmad Zahir. Executive produced by his daughter Shabnam, and directed by Oscar-nominated Sam French, the film will explore this icon of Afghan culture in an intimate yet universal way.

Join us and become an essential part of making the first film about Ahmad Zahir!

WHO IS AHMAD ZAHIR? 

Ahmad Zahir is born into privilege, the son of Afghanistan's Prime Minister under King Zahir Shah. This makes it highly unlikely and controversial that he would pursue a musical career. But from an early age, he is obsessed with music, and starts collecting records from all over the world.

Ahmad Zahir goes on to study under famous Afghan folk musicians, and he also travels widely, becoming exposed to the burgeoning musical revolution of the 60s in America, Europe and India. These varied musical influences, along with his love of Afghanistan's most notable poet, Rumi as well as ancient Persian poetry, lead him to forge an entirely new musical style, synthesizing Western rock with traditional Afghan music.

Sporting Elvis-like sideburns, his flamboyant, loud style and poetic lyrics create an atmosphere of intense enthusiasm during his live shows. No one had ever seen anything like Ahmad Zahir before. In the late 60s, recordings of his shows are being passed around on tapes from person to person, played in living rooms across the country. Ahmad Zahir takes the country by storm.

By the early 70s, he has become a household name, singing live shows on the radio and recording his first studio album “Dilak Am” in 1973. But the world is changing, and events are about to thrust Afghanistan into political upheaval, forever altering the course of its future.

In 1973, mere months after Ahmad Zahir’s father resigns as Prime Minister, Daoud Khan overthrows the current government and installs himself as President of the newly formed Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. Ahmad Zahir initially supports this new government, which attempts to lessen the country’s reliance on the Soviet Union and build up Afghanistan’s military forces. But as he begins to see promises unfulfilled, he starts to speak out through his lyrics, agitating for social reform. In his song “Ajab Sabri Khoda Darad” (1976) Zahir sings:

If I were God… when seeing one shivering and naked and another clothed in a hundred colors, I would tear up the earth and sky.

All the while, Communist sympathies are on the rise, and in 1978, Daoud Khan is overthrown in a bloody coup backed by the Soviets, who install a puppet government. Ahmad Zahir refuses to recognize the government’s legitimacy, and his lyrics become even more political. In one of the last songs he recorded, “Man Nagoyam,” he sings of a bird trapped inside a cage: 

Liberate me, liberate me, liberate me. Oh, how the thought of homelessness haunts me. Please save my home.

His voice captures the spirit of the resistance. As a result, the Soviets blacklist his music. Then, on June 14, 1979, he is suddenly killed in a car crash near the Salang Pass. His only daughter Shabnam was also born this day. While a car accident is the “official” line, most Afghans believe he was shot in the head, murdered by the communist regime. 

What really happened in that remote mountain pass remains a mystery to this day.

Upon learning of his death, schools across the country close, and men and women in the thousands pour onto the streets to follow his coffin. An era has ended.

Ahmad Zahir’s death presages events to come. As the Soviets cement their hold on the country, the US-backed Mujahedeen forces take up arms and mount an insurgency. Afghanistan becomes a hot front in an otherwise Cold War. The Soviet government is overthrown in the mid-80s, sparking a civil war which is eventually won by the Taliban, who install a severely conservative religious government.

The Taliban outlaw music and free expression. As a symbol of the new rules under their regime, they publicly burn Ahmad Zahir’s tapes and desecrate his grave. 

In 2001, after the events of 9/11, a US-backed coalition overthrows the Taliban, plunging the country into ever more conflict, which continues to this day. 

But through it all, Ahmad Zahir’s voice lives on in the hearts and minds of the Afghan people. His music is still played throughout the country, and is the one common thread that connects all Afghans in the diaspora all across the world who have fled their home over the decades. And he has inspires a new generation of musicians and activists to dream of a better future. His legacy truly lives on. 

Ahmad Zahir’s voice will lead the way... 

Drink up your glass Turn the night into day
Forget the sadness of the world
What is life?
Continuous worrying
Dying under a wall of hope
Being two-faced is not our tradition
Both my day & night are the same color
You forgot about me
The road of separation deepened between us
Drink up your glass
Turn the night into day
Forget the sadness of the world.

WHY MAKE A FILM ?

AHMAD ZAHIR is a film that tells the story of an Afghan musical legend whose life symbolizes an Afghanistan that no longer exists but remains present in the hearts of its people. 

AHMAD ZAHIR is not strictly a music documentary. We approach Ahmad Zahir’s life as a way into this turbulent period of Afghanistan’s history. Our film paints a picture of a country that could have been, and the timeless power of one man’s legacy to unite an entire people. We explore the 60s and 70s through his eyes, and through the eyes of the people he inspired with his music. 

By using a wealth of archival footage – much of which has never been seen before – we paint a vivid picture of Afghanistan in the 1970s: a time of prosperity, freedom and hope that lives on in the dreams of those who experienced it, both the Afghans who grew up during that time and the foreigners who visited on the hippie trail.

Ahmad Zahir’s story allows us to unravel and explore a new version of Afghanistan’s history, one rarely, if ever, explored outside of the Afghan context. Yet it is relevant to all of us, and shares unnerving similarities with the current political landscape in the United States. How does one musician’s legacy continue, and what does it say about the present and future of this nation, but also of the world we live in?

Despite his popularity and influence across the globe, there has never before been a feature documentary film made about Ahmad Zahir. 

Millions of Afghans are waiting for this. Today, there are entire radio stations in Kabul devoted to playing only Ahmad Zahir’s music, and his songs are not just played in Afghanistan, but by all Afghans living around the world. Ahmad Zahir is loved by all tribes and classes of Afghans and Tajiks. During a time when Uzbeks and Hazaras dealt with constant racism, Ahmad Zahir broke barriers by connecting with those audiences without prejudice. He is the thread that has tied the country together throughout the past 40 years of war, and is one of the only surviving symbols of an Afghanistan that once was.

With that thread, we weave the story of a unique time in Afghanistan’s history, and of a people still striving to chart their own destiny. Ahmad Zahir, in essence, is a unique beacon of hope for not only Afghanistan, but for all of us trying to survive in a troubled world.

WHERE YOUR DONATION GOES

AHMAD ZAHIR is a film we want to make, but have not been able to yet. 100% of the funds we receive in this Kickstarter go directly toward the start of production of the film!

Funds raised through the Kickstarter campaign will go toward costs such as:

  • research materials and resources 
  • camera equipment
  • travel costs for filming in Afghanistan, Europe and the USA
  • archival news preview and licensing fees
  • filmmaking crew fees

HOW THE CAMPAIGN WORKS 

We have only 30 days to reach our $150,000 fundraising goal! If we do not reach this amount in time, all the donations given to the film will be refunded and we won't receive any of the money.

Need a quick explanation in Farsi/Dari ? Here you go !

It's a risk! But one totally worth taking - because we believe in the power of community around this film, and we know you'll be an incredible part of hitting the goal so we can make this movie a reality for you and with you.

Tashakur and we can't wait to embark on the journey of making this documentary with all of you.

AND NOW THE REWARDS...

You are an essential part of making this groundbreaking film happen, and we want to reward you for that! When you give to this campaign, you can choose merchandise you want, based on the level of your gift. 

Take a look at the reward descriptions at the right-side of this page, for details about what each amount gets you!

Here's a sneak peek of some of the merchandise for this campaign!

For just $30, you'll get a set a postcards with adventurous + fun images of Ahmad Zahir, to send to all your friends ... yeehaw!
For just $30, you'll get a set a postcards with adventurous + fun images of Ahmad Zahir, to send to all your friends ... yeehaw!
$50 gets you this custom, super-soft tshirt designed by artist Paul Nelson-Esch, along with thanks on the film's site, a private link to the film when it's done, a bracelet with Ahmad Zahir's lyrics, and a set of fun postcards!
$50 gets you this custom, super-soft tshirt designed by artist Paul Nelson-Esch, along with thanks on the film's site, a private link to the film when it's done, a bracelet with Ahmad Zahir's lyrics, and a set of fun postcards!

See more of Paul Nelson Esch's beautiful artwork here >

Since Ahmad Zahir is the ultimate icon, we've teamed up with the incredible folks behind KingNoorLA for a custom-made hoodie with Ahmad Zahir's portrait, as a part of their ICONIC Collection.
Since Ahmad Zahir is the ultimate icon, we've teamed up with the incredible folks behind KingNoorLA for a custom-made hoodie with Ahmad Zahir's portrait, as a part of their ICONIC Collection.

 We'll share the hoodie's design soon! In the mean time, you can get a sense of the sweet look of KingNoorLA's ICONIC Collection here >

We teamed up with Art Lords after seeing this amazing mural they made in Kabul on Ahmad Zahir's annivesary... the poster print you receive for $65+ is made by an Afghan artist in the Art Lords collective, and is inspired by this!
We teamed up with Art Lords after seeing this amazing mural they made in Kabul on Ahmad Zahir's annivesary... the poster print you receive for $65+ is made by an Afghan artist in the Art Lords collective, and is inspired by this!

 Find out all about the amazing Art Lords here >

These 5in x 5in photobooks are perfect for your desk, coffee table, or really anywhere. We're going to fill one with iconic images of Zahir and Afghanistan during his Golden Era... and you can nab one for a $150 donation!
These 5in x 5in photobooks are perfect for your desk, coffee table, or really anywhere. We're going to fill one with iconic images of Zahir and Afghanistan during his Golden Era... and you can nab one for a $150 donation!
Imagine a 5-piece China set like this but it includes Ahmad Zahir lyrics of your choice on the rim, and his portrait in the plate center. A beautiful way to honor AZ at family dinner. Or put on display for guests to see a legend of Afghan culture.
Imagine a 5-piece China set like this but it includes Ahmad Zahir lyrics of your choice on the rim, and his portrait in the plate center. A beautiful way to honor AZ at family dinner. Or put on display for guests to see a legend of Afghan culture.

... and much much more ! Take a look at the right-hand side of this page to choose the reward you love. 

WANT TO GIVE OVER $5,000?

Amazing ! We have options for you to be an Associate Producer or Coproducer on the film for significant contributions. We also have options for your donation to be 100% tax-deductible! But these options are not on Kickstarter - so if you are interested in this, please email our Producer Mo Scarpelli at mo@rakefilms.com and she'll work with you to make this happen right away.

Risks and challenges

FILMING IN AFGHANISTAN

Filming in Afghanistan is never easy. There are logistical issues to consider, as well as the ongoing security situation. However, our team has years of experience on the ground confronting these challenges, and we are well-suited to overcome them.

We will work diligently to secure the support of the Afghan government, as well as the local communities in which we film. We have ambitious plans to create some stunning imagery that reveals the beauty of Afghanistan, and are eager to get shooting as soon as we have funding from this campaign to do so!!

ARCHIVAL

The success of this film rests on the strength of archival footage — not just of Ahmad Zahir, but of the time period in which he lived. Unfortunately, the Taliban systematically destroyed much of this footage, and some of it has been lost to time.

However, we have very good contacts at Afghanistan’s Ministry of Information and Culture, which has spearheaded (along with foreign partners) the recovery and restoration of their archives, some of which they hid from the Taliban behind a fake wall to save it. Old film reels are in the process of being digitized as we speak, and we are excited to be able to show never-before-seen archival footage in this film.

Beyond that, we need your help! If you have any photos or videos from the 60s and 70s, please get in touch. The more footage we can include, the better!

CHARACTERS

We want to include a wide range of voices in this film, from people who knew Ahmad Zahir to those involved in pivotal events during the 60s and 70s, to foreigners who traveled the hippie trail. Finding these people and securing their cooperation will take some time. But we already have extensive contacts, both in Afghanistan and throughout the diaspora, so we don’t anticipate this being that big of an issue, especially since everyone loves Ahmad Zahir!

That said, if you know anyone you think we should reach out to, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We would love your help and the more footage, the more options, the better.

DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING

Finally, documentary filmmaking is never a straight-forward process. There will be twists and turns in our journey, and we can’t anticipate every challenge at the outset. But we are hardy and intrepid filmmakers! With a big passion for doing whatever it takes to make the best film possible. And with your support, we know we can make this an incredible film.

Let’s do this!

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    Digital wallpaper images + AZ bracelet

    A set of high-resolution digital images of Ahmad Zahir, which are great for using as desktop wallpaper or sharing with friends. You’ll also receive a bracelet embedded with lyrics from Zahir’s iconic song Zindagi Akhir Sarayat: “Freedom and liberty mean life to mankind.”

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    Receive a set of 5 postcards - images which capture the spirit and adventurous nature of Ahmad Zahir - to send to your friends and family. You’ll also receive an Ahmad Zahir bracelet and join our exclusive email updates list.

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    A private link to stream the first-ever documentary about Ahmad Zahir when its finished! So, you can have an Ahmad Zahir film watch-party with your friends and family when the film is released. You’ll also get access to our exclusive email updates list throughout the making of the film.

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    A DVD of the first-ever documentary about Ahmad Zahir when its finished! So, you can have an Ahmad Zahir film watch-party and many more after that. It also makes a perfect gift for a friend or family member who loves Ahmad Zahir. You’ll also join our exclusive email updates list.
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    AZ tshirt + thanks on our website

    Your very own Ahmad Zahir t-shirt, designed by artist Paul Nelson-Esch! We’ll also gladly put your name on our “special thanks” list on our website for your contribution. And, you’ll get a private link to stream the film when its finished, an Ahmad Zahir bracelet, a set of postcards, and exclusive email updates.
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    AZ poster by Art Lords

    We teamed up with Art Lords in Kabul after seeing their amazing mural of Zahir painted in Afghanistan in July of this year. You’ll receive a 11x17-inch print similar to the amazing mural, made by Afghan artists in honor of Zahir. You’ll also receive thanks on our website for your contribution, a private link to stream the film when its finished and exclusive email updates.
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    movie poster signed by AZ's daughter

    An originally-designed poster, with a personal note + signature from executive producer - (Ahmad Zahir’s daughter) Shabnam or director Sam French. The artwork embodies who Ahmad Zahir is and the spirit of his music for Afghans all around the world (images of this poster will be posted to this page soon!). You’ll also get a link to the film when it’s finished, thanks on the film’s website, and exclusive email updates.
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    KingNoorLA hoodie

    Zahir is no doubt an icon… so we teamed up with the amazing folks at KingNoorLA to create Zahir hoodies, as a part of their amazing Icons Collection! These hoodies are warm and oh-so-comfortable, and will have Zahir’s image front and center. You’ll also get a private link to stream the film when it’s finished, thanks on the website, a Zahir bracelet, a set of postcards, and email updates on the film.
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    Zahir Majilisi 12-track remastered CD

    For the first time ever, Ahmad Zahir’s Majlisi (private “unplugged" performaces) will be re-mastered on CD - we’re doing this just for Kickstarter backers! With a beautiful originally-designed artwork cover, and 12 tracks selected by his family from the original copies of Ahmad Zahir’s personal tapes and re-mastered so they are heard with more depth than ever before, the new Majlisi is a perfect way to truly experience the rich melodies of Zahir with friends and family, or by yourself! You will also receive a private link to stream the film when it’s finished, a thank you on the website, a Zahir bracelet, a set of postcards, and exclusive email updates.
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    Thanks in credits + Zahir Majilisi CD

    Receive a special thanks in the credits of the actual film when it’s finished. Your name will be up on the big screen for all to see! Also, receive Ahmad Zahir’s iconic album Majlisi, re-mastered on CD for Kickstarter backers only. The new Majlisi is a perfect way to truly experience the rich melodies of Ahmad Zahir with friends and family, or by yourself! You will also receive a private link to stream the film when it’s finished, a thank you on the website, an AZ bracelet, a set of postcards, and exclusive email updates.
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    Photobook by Artifact Uprising

    We’re collecting the most beautiful and authentic moments captured in photography of Ahmad Zahir and of Afghanistan in the 1970s, and printing them in a beautifully-bound 5 inch x 5 inch book by Artifact Uprising. It’s perfect for your coffee table, bedside table, or to share as a gift to someone who would love to fall back into the Golden Era of Afghanistan. You will also receive the re-mastered CD of Majlisi, a private link to stream the film when it’s finished, a thank you on our website, an AZ bracelet, a set of postcards, and exclusive email updates.
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    video of AZ + FB shout-out

    We’ve found archival footage of Ahmad Zahir that we can’t wait to use in the film… but you’ll get to see it first, with a private link to a collage video of never-before-seen 16mm footage, cut to Ahmad Zahir’s music. We’ll also send out a public shout-out to our 25,000-strong community on our Facebook page, thanking you personally! AND we want to honor you by giving a special thanks in the actual film credits on screen. You will also receive the re-mastered CD of Majlisi, a private link to stream the film when it’s finished, a thank you on our website, an AZ bracelet, a set of postcards, and exclusive email updates.
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    AZ memorabilia hard-cover book

    With the generosity of his family, we have are printing a collection of Ahmad Zahir’s personal memorabilia - such as notes and photographs - into one beautifully-made hardcover book. What better way to honor Zahir than to share in his personal thoughts and dreams? This belongs in your living room to share with others, too! You will also receive a public thank you on our Facebook page to 25,000 followers, the re-mastered CD of Majlisi, special thanks in the film’s credits on screen, a private link to stream the film when it’s finished, a thank you on our website, an AZ bracelet, a set of postcards, and exclusive email updates.
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    Zahir Majilisi remastered on vinyl

    For the first time ever, Ahmad Zahir’s iconic album Majlisi will be re-mastered… and you can get it custom-made on vinyl! The 12 incredible tracks re-mastered will sound just incredible on record spinning in your family’s living room… it’s the perfect way to truly experience the melodies of Ahmad Zahir with that richness that comes only when listening on vinyl. You will also receive a public thank you on our Facebook page to 25,000 followers, special thanks in the film’s credits on screen, a private link to stream the film when it’s finished, a thank you on our website and exclusive email updates.
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    custom-made quilt with AZ's portrait

    A custom quilt with Ahmad Zahir’s portrait hand-stitched on it! This quilt will be a fixture in your guest room or on your living room couch. You will also receive the AZ souvenir photo book from Artifact Uprising, a public thank you on our Facebook page to 25,000 followers, the re-mastered CD of Majlisi, special thanks in the film’s credits on screen, a private link to stream the film when it’s finished, a thank you on our website, an AZ bracelet, a set of postcards, and exclusive email updates.
    ** Please note any rewards associated with the finished film will be delivered when the film is finished; all other rewards in this category will be delivered by the estimated date.

    Includes:
    • custom quilt stitched with Ahmad Zahir's portrait
    • souvenir photobook by Artifact Uprising
    • personal shout-out on AZ Facebook page
    • Zahir Majlisi remastered CD
    • thanks in film credits on screen
    • private link to stream the film when it's finished
    • thank you on AZ website
    • AZ bracelet
    • set of 5 postcards
    • exclusive email updates
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    tickets to film screening + BTS footage

    Two tickets to a screening of AHMAD ZAHIR when the film is finished, and it is showing near you! (Please note this does not include transportation costs to the screening location.)
    Plus, an exclusive selection of behind-the-scenes footage shot during AHMAD ZAHIR’s production and post-production process - be a part of the filmmaking process ! You will also receive the video of never-before-seen footage in 16mm of Ahmad Zahir, a public thank you on our Facebook page to 25,000 followers, a thank you in the film credits on screen, the re-mastered CD of Majlisi, a private link to stream the film when it’s finished, a thank you on our website, an AZ bracelet, a set of postcards, and exclusive email updates.
    ** Please note any rewards associated with the finished film will be delivered when the film is finished; all other rewards in this category will be delivered by the estimated date.

    Includes:
    • tickets to screening of the film
    • video of behind-the-scenes of making the film
    • thanks in film credits on screen
    • never-before-seen video of Ahmad Zahir
    • private link to stream the film when it's finished
    • custom-designed Ahmad Zahir tshirt
    • AZ bracelet
    • set of 5 postcards
    • thank you on AZ website
    • exclusive email updates
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    special access to Ahmad Zahir package!

    Backing at this level brings you closer to Ahmad Zahir than you could even imagine… we will send you a director’s cut of the film before anyone else sees it. You’ll get a private Skype session with members of the AZ filmmaking team including director Sam French. You’ll receive a selection of behind-the-scenes moments of making the film, a video of never-before-seen 16mm footage of Ahmad Zahir, an exclusive book of his memorabilia, and the re-mastered CD of Majlisi. You’ll get a special thanks in the film’s end credits on screen, a link to the finished film when it’s done, thanks on the AZ website, an AZ tshirt, bracelet, set of postcards, and exclusive email updates throughout the filmmaking process.
    ** Please note any rewards associated with the finished film will be delivered when the film is finished; all other rewards in this category will be delivered by the estimated date.

    Includes:
    • advanced director's cut of the film
    • private Skype with AZ's filmmaking team / director Sam French
    • video of behind-the-scenes of making the film
    • never-before-seen video of Ahmad Zahir
    • AZ personal memorabilia in hard-cover coffee table book
    • Zahir Majlisi remastered CD
    • thanks in film credits on screen
    • private link to stream the film when it's finished
    • thank you on AZ website
    • custom-designed Ahmad Zahir tshirt
    • AZ bracelet
    • set of 5 postcards
    • set of digital wallpaper images
    • exclusive email updates
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    6-pc Ahmad Zahir China set

    This is probably the best gift a family member (especially your parents!) could ever ever receive … we have custom-designed a six-piece set of porcelain china with Ahmad Zahir’s image on the center of the plate, and his beautiful lyrics in Farsi calligraphy adorning its edges. Since this reward is custom-made, you also have the option to pick the lyrics you’d like to use, and we can add names or family names to the rim as well ! You’ll also receive two tickets to a screening of AHMAD ZAHIR at a festival, theatrical screening and/or community screening near you when the film comes to your city, a video of never-before-seen 16mm footage of Ahmad Zahir, an exclusive hard-cover book of Ahmad Zahir memorabilia, and the re-mastered CD of Majlisi. You’ll get a special thanks in the film’s end credits on screen, a link to the finished film when it’s done, an AZ tshirt, bracelet, set of postcards, and exclusive email updates throughout the filmmaking process.
    ** Please note any rewards associated with the finished film will be delivered when the film is finished; all other rewards in this category will be delivered by the estimated date.

    Includes:
    • custom-made 6-piece set of China with AZ's lyrics + portrait
    • tickets to screening of the film
    • never-before-seen video of Ahmad Zahir
    • Zahir Majlisi remastered CD
    • thanks in film credits on screen
    • private link to stream the film when it's finished
    • custom-designed Ahmad Zahir tshirt
    • AZ bracelet
    • set of 5 postcards
    • exclusive email updates
    • AZ personal memorabilia in hard-cover coffee table book
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    PRODUCERS CIRCLE + private screening

    At this level, you're officially a member of the exclusive Producers Circle of this film. We'll credit you in the film on screen, and provide special thanks in media opportunities for the film wherever we can. We will also host a private screening of AHMAD ZAHIR when the film is finished, just for you! (Venue TBD though we’d be happy to make this happen at a party or iftar in your home!) We’d also love to interview you over Skype about your connection to Ahmad Zahir, and share this on our Facebook page for our 25K+ strong community around the film. You’ll receive two tickets to a screening of AHMAD ZAHIR at a festival, theatrical screening and/or community screening near you when the film comes to your city, the director's cut of the film before anyone else sees it, a private Skype with Ahmad Zahir's daughter Shabnam or director Sam French, a video of never-before-seen 16mm footage of Ahmad Zahir, behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the film, an exclusive hard-cover book of Ahmad Zahir memorabilia, and the re-mastered CD of Majlisi. You’ll get a link to the finished film when it’s done, an AZ tshirt, bracelet, set of postcards, and exclusive email updates throughout the filmmaking process.
    ** Please note any rewards associated with the finished film will be delivered when the film is finished; all other rewards in this category will be delivered by the estimated date.

    Includes:
    • prominent credit under "Producer's Circle" in the film on screen
    • private screening of AHMAD ZAHIR at venue of your choice
    • interview with you by film team, shared on AZ social community
    • tickets to screening of the film
    • advanced director's cut of the film
    • private Skype with AZ's filmmaking team / director Sam French
    • never-before-seen video of Ahmad Zahir
    • video of behind-the-scenes of making the film
    • AZ personal memorabilia in hard-cover coffee table book
    • Zahir Majlisi remastered CD
    • private link to stream the film when it's finished
    • custom-designed Ahmad Zahir tshirt
    • AZ bracelet
    • set of 5 postcards
    • exclusive email updates
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Funding period

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