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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, October 8 2018 9:34 PM UTC +00:00.

About

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!

او درزمانی به صحنه آمد که زنان در کابل دامن کوتاه میپوشید و خارجی های زیادی که از دسته هیپی به افغانستان سفر داشتن به که این اتفاقات کشور افغانستان را به سوی ترقی و تغییر سوق میداد

احمد ظاهر در دهه ۶۰ و ۷۰ آغاز به خواندن نمود و با صدایش گیرایش روح تمام هم نسلانش را تسخیر میکرد

با اینکه در هر خانواده افغان حداقل یکی از فرزند ها به افتخار به نام او نامگذاری میشود با همین حال تا بحال هیچ فلیمی درباره اش ساخته نشده

به همین دلیل ما کمپاین کیکستارتر را برای حمایت از تولید اولین فلیم درباره احمد ظاهر براه انداخته ای ایده تولید این فیلم توسط دختر اش شبنم طرح شده وقرار است با کارگردانی سم فرانسوی تولید شده تا به شیوه ای ماهرانه و جهانی به تصویر شود.پش باما بپوندید و بخش اساسی در ساختن اولین فیلم در مورد این استوره باشید

WHO IS AHMAD ZAHIR? 

احمد ظاهر کیست؟

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.

احمد ظاهر در خانواده نخست وزیر سلطنت ظاهر شاه به دنیا آمد که به همین دلیل علاقه اوبه موسیقی یک امر خیلی نامطلوب و بحث برانگیز بوداما با وجود این او از همان اوایل به موسیقی علاقه مندبود و به جمع آوری نوار های ضبط شده موسیقی از سراسر جهان آغاز نمود

احمد ظاهر به تحصیل رشته موسیقی اصیل افغانی پرداخته و بعدا به طور گسترده به سفرکردن به دور جهان روی میاورد مه این سفر ها در دوره رشد موسیقی ۶۰ ساله در آمریکا، اروپا و هند بوده مه تاثیران موسیقی متنوع همراه با عشق اش به شاعران برجسته افغانستان ، رومی و اشعار باستانی زبان فارسی باعث شد که او به ایجاد یک سبک موسیقی کاملا جدید موسیقی غربی و سنتی افغانستان دست بزند

حرکات زیبا، سبک بلند و اشعار زیبا در جریان اجرای زنده فضای با شور و شوقی ره ایجاد میکرد طوریکه تا آن زمان اجرایی به اون زیبایی نادر بود. دراواخر دهه ۶۰ نوار های ضبط شده از اجرای زنده او از شخصی به شخصی منتقل شده و در هر خانه به نمایش گذاشته میشد و طوفان به پا می کرد

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. 

در اوایل دهه ۷۰ بخش زنده از طریق امواج رادیو نشر میکرد و همچنان اولین آلبوم اش به نام دلکم را ضبط کرد

در همین جریان جهان درحال تغییر وحوادثی در حال رخ دادن بودکه باعث تحولات شدید سیاسی در اففانستان درحال رخ دادن بود. در سال ۱۹۷۳ تنها چند ماه پس از آنکه پدر احمد ظاهر از سمت اش به عنوان نخست وزیر استعفا داد، داوود خان دولت فعلی آن زمان را سرنگون کرده و خود را به عنوان رئیس جمهور جدید دولت جمهوری دمکرات افغانستان اعلان کرد

احمد ظاهر در اوایل از دولت جدید حمایت میکرد و به این عقیده بود که دولت جدید در تلاش است تا وابستگی افغانستان را به اتحاد جماهیر شوروی را کاهش بدهد و درکنار آن میکوشد تا نیروی نظامی افغانستان را تقویت کند اما با گذشت زمان ناکاری این دولت آشکار شد طوری که بشتر شعار ها فقط به عنوان شعار باقی میماندند و عملی نمی شدند این اوضاع باعث شد تا احمد ظاهر بر علیه دولت وقت سخن میگفت و از هنر بر علیه این دولت استفاده مکرد. او آهنگی به نام عجب صبری خدا دارد را به رابطه اوضاع دولت آن زمان سرود ۱۹۷۶

اگر من جاي او بودم

كه ميديدم يكي عريان و لرزان، ديگري پوشيده از صد جامه رنگين

زمين و آسمان را

واژگون ، مستانه ميكردم

در عین حال در سال 1978، داوود خان در یک کودتای خونین تحت حمایت اتحادیه جماهیر شوروی ، سرنگون شد. احمد ظاهر از پذیرش مشروعیت حکومت خودداری می کرد و اشعار وی سیاسی ترقبل می شد

او در یکی از آخرین آهنگ های که ضبط کرده است (من نگویم)، درباره یک پرنده‌ای که درون قفس را به دام افتاده است میخواند

من نگویم که مرا از قفس آزاد کنید
 قفسم برده به باغی و دلم شاد کنید

در صدای او روح مقاومت موج میزد که در نتیجه شوروی سابق موسیقی او را در لیست سیاه قرار داد.و سپس، در 14 جون ۱۹۷۹، او به طور ناگهانی در یک تصادف موتر در نزدیکی کوتل سالنگکشته شد

تنها دختر اش شبنم نیزدر این روز به دنیا آمد

این حادثه فقط به عنوان "کاغذ اداره رسمی" ثبت است، در صورتی که اکثر افغان ها معتقدند که او توسط رژیم کمونیست به قتل رسیده است

آنچه واقعا در این کوتل کوهستانی دور افتاده اتفاق افتاده است، تا امروز مثل یک راز ناگشوده است

پس از باخبر شدن ازمرگ او مکاتب در سراسر کشور تعطیل شده و هزازان زن و مرد برای مراسم خاکسپاری او به خیابان ها ریختن

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.

.پس از مرگ احمد ظاهر نیروهای مجاهدین تحت حمایت ایالات متحده آمریکا موفق تلاش میکرد تا قوای شوروی سابق را از افغانستان بیرون کنند که این اتفاق اوضاع این کشور را بدتر نمود وافغانستان به یک جنگ سرد دیگربین قدرت‌های آن زمان تبدیل شد. حکومت شوروی در اواسط دهه 80 سرنگون شد و جنگ داخلی دراین کشور بین مجاهدین و طالبان آغاز شد و درنتیجه کشور به دست طالبان در آمد وطالبان که حکومتی بسیارتند رو و مذهبی بود موسیقی را در کشور ممنوع اعلان نموده و نوارهای ضبط شده از آواز احمد ظاهر را در ملا عام به آتش کشیدن و قبر اش را تخریب کردند

در سال ۲۰۰۱، پس از حادثه ۱۱ سپتامبر، یک ائتلاف تحت حمایت ایالات متحده برای از بین بردن حکومت طالبان تشکیل شده تا این حکومت را سرنگون کند، اما این تلاش تا به امروز ادامه دارد و این کشور هنوز با مشکل حضور طالبان به شدت درگی است اما با این حال ، صدای احمد ظاهر در قلب و ذهن مردم افغانستان زنده است. موسیقی او هنوز در سراسر کشور پخش می شده و یکی از موضوعات مشترک بین تمام افغان های که در سراسر جهان از دهه های گذشته مهاجر اند، متصل می کند. و او الهام بخش نسل جدیدی از نوازندگان و فعالان که در رویای آینده ای بهتر است میباشد. میراث او واقعا زنده است.

 قـدح را سـر کنید، شب را سحـــر کنید

غـــم دنـیـــــــــــــا را از سـر بـه در کنید 

زندگی چیست؟ » خُـــــون دل خـوردن 

زیر دیوارِ آرزو مُردن، زیر دیوارِ آرزو مُردن

شـدم از یــــاد تـو فــــــــــــــــــــرامـوش 

تـو رفـتـی پـیــر شـد بَـیـن مــا آغــوش 

قـدح را سـر کنید، شب را سحـــر کنید 

غـــم دنـیـــــــــــــا را از سـر بـه در کنید
 

WHY MAKE A FILM ?

چرااین فیلم را می سازید؟

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. 

احمد ظاهر یک فیلم است که داستان افسانه ای خواننده افغان را به تصویر می کشد که زندگی اش نماد یک افغانستان است بااینکه او دیگر بین ما نیست اما همیشه در قلب مردم حضور خواهد داشت

فیلم احمد ظاهر فقط یک مستند در باره یک خواننده نیست. بلکه ما از زندگی احمدظاهر به عنوان راهی برای این دوره آشفته تاریخ افغانستان استفاده میکنیم. فیلم ما تصویری از یک کشور است و قدرت بی انتهای میراث یک مرد برای متحد کردن تمام مردم را به نمایش می کشد. ما میخواهیم دهه ۶۰ و ۷۰ را از طریق چشمان اوکه از طریق موسیقی اش مردم را الهام میبخشید، کشف کنیم 

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.

با استفاده از مجموعه ای از فیلم های بایگانی - که بیشتر آنها هرگز قبل ازاین دیده نشده است - ما یک تصویر واضح از افغانستان در دهه ۱۹۷۰ را زسامی می کنیم: زمان رونق، آزادی و امید که در رویاهایی آنانی که این حس زیبا را تجربه کرده اند،هردو چه افغانهایی که در آن زمان بزرگ شده بودند و خارجیانی که به شکل هیپی به افغانستان سفر داشتند.

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.

داستان احمد ظاهر به ما این اجازه را می دهد تا نسخه جدیدی از تاریخ افغانستان را کشف کنیم، چیزی که به ندرت، تا کنون، خارجی درمورد افغانستان مورد میدانند درست وضعیتی که به شدت شباهت وضعیت فعلی سیاست‌های آمریکا است

.هم چنان علی رغم محبوبیت و نفوذش در سراسر جهان، هیچوقت فیلم مستند دیگری درباره احمد ظاهر ساخته نشده است

درحال حاضرمیلیون ها افغان در انتظار آن هستند . امروزه کل استشن های رادیویی در کابل وجود دارد که تنها به پخش موسیقی احمد ظاهر اختصاص دارد و آهنگ های او فقط در افغانستان پخش نمی شود، بلکه توسط تمام افغان هایی که در سراسر جهان زندگی می‌کنند شنیده میشود. احمد ظاهر از همه قبایل و طبقات افغانها علاقه مندانی دارد و تنها مربوط به یک قشر یا قوم نمیشود .احمد ظاهر در زمانی که ازبک ها و هزاره ها با تعصبات بین اقوام مواجه بودند، با آنها توسط موسیقی‌اش ارتباط برقرار میکرد و تعصب و موانع دراین بخش را از بین برد. موسیقی وی یکی ازموضوعاتی است که در طول 40 سال جنگ مردم را با کشوریکه از آن دور هستند به ارتباط بسازد و یکی از نمادهای ماندگاری است که افغانستان آن را در خود به یک بار دیده است

WHERE YOUR DONATION GOES

کمک های مال شما کجا میرود؟

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

احمد ظاهر فیلمی است که میخواهیم بسازیم اما هنوز قادر به انجام آن نیستیم. و ما به شما اطمینان میدهیم که تمام کمک های مالی از طرف شما توسط کمپاین کیکستارتر دریافت میکنم صد در صدمستقیما برای تولید این فیلم به مصرف میرسد

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تجهیزات دوربین

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 HOW THE CAMPAIGN WORKS  

چگونگی همکاری باکمپین

We have only 30 days to reach our $50,000 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 !  

ما تنها 30 روز برای رسیدن به هدف و جمع آوری ۱۵۰۰۰۰ دالری خود داریم! اگر ما در این زمان به این مقدار کمک نقدی دست نیابیم، تمام کمک های نقدی به این فیلم به افرادی که در این کمپین اشتراک کرده‌اند دوباره پرداخت خواهد شد و ما هیچ پولی را دریافت نخواهیم کرد

به یک توضیح مختصردیگر !

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

آنانی که بخش مهمی از ساخت این فیلم هستند، ما می خواهیم برای آن‌ها پاداش بدهیم! .

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!

برای معلومات بیشتر در باره پاداش ها به قسمت راست این صفحه مراجعه کنید و برای جزئیات بیشتر در مورد آن که چه مقدارکمک مالی می‌کنید در قسمت زیر معلومات مختصری با شما شریک میکنیم.!

برای انتخاب مقدار کمک نقدی به سمت راست این صفحه مراجعه کرده و مقدار را وارد کنید.

For just $30, you'll get a set a postcards with adventurous + fun images of Ahmad Zahir, to send to all your friends ... yeehaw! برای کسانی که مقدار ۳۰ دالر کمک نقدی کرده اند یک پست کارت زیبا از این هنرمند برای شان در نظر گرفته ایم
For just $30, you'll get a set a postcards with adventurous + fun images of Ahmad Zahir, to send to all your friends ... yeehaw! برای کسانی که مقدار ۳۰ دالر کمک نقدی کرده اند یک پست کارت زیبا از این هنرمند برای شان در نظر گرفته ایم
$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! برای کسانی که مقدار ۵۰ دالر کمک نقدی کرده اند یک تی شرت زیبا از این هنرمند برای شان در نظر گرفته ایم
$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! برای کسانی که مقدار ۵۰ دالر کمک نقدی کرده اند یک تی شرت زیبا از این هنرمند برای شان در نظر گرفته ایم

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?

و برای کسانی که می خواهند بیش از ۵۰۰۰ دالر بپردازید؟

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.

برای کسانی که میخواهند کمک های نقدر بیشتر از ۵۰۰۰ دالرداشته باشند ما به آنها این امکان را میدهیم که به عنوان یکی از تهیه کننده گان فیلم با ما همکاری کنند و همچنان میتوانند بدون پرداخت مالیه به همکاری ادامه دهند و میتوانند به ایمیل آدرس ذیل بتماس شوند.

SOME COMMON QUESTIONS ... 

! سوالات عمومی ...

We restarted our Kickstarter campaign on Sept 8. Since then, we have had some questions about why and how this works, and we wanted to be transparent with our backers about the whole process. So, here are answers to some common questions we have received: 

ما کمپین کیکستارتر را به تاریخ ۸ سپتامبر آغاز کردیم و از همان آغاز سوالاتی وجود داشت که چرا و چگونه میخواهیم این کار را انجام دهیم. و اینجا میخواهیم به این سوالات جواب بدهیم تا این پروسه برای افرادی که از ما حمایت میکنند واضح و شفاف باشد. سوال های معمولا مطرح میشوند به صورت ذیل میباشد.

"You asked for $150,000 and now you are OK with $50,000?  Why 50,000?" 

Our overall budget hasn't changed.  Based on our following and the passion we were seeing for this film, we believed we could get $150,000 from Kickstarter.  Perhaps we still could, but if we don't reach our goal, we would get nothing and this film would not get made.  We don't want to risk that, so instead we are cutting the budget to assure a successful campaign.  We still hope to raise $150,000, but $50,000 is the bare minimum to get us started. 

"اولین بار شما مقدار ۱۵۰۰۰۰ کمک نقدی را درخواست کرده بودید حالا چرا آن مقدار به ۵۰۰۰۰ رسیده؟"

بودجه ساخت فیلم تغییری نکرده و ما هنوز امید داریم که موفق به جمع آوری مقدار ۱۵۰۰۰۰ شویم اما با این ها ما ۵۰۰۰۰ دالر را برای کمترین مبلغ برای ساخت این فیلم در نظر گرفته ایم زیرا ما میخواهیم که به هرصورت ممکن به ساخت این فیلم بپردازیم

"Documentaries are cheap to make, you just need a camera.  Why are you asking for so much?"

People don't realize that documentaries, especially if done well, are actually extremely expensive! For this film, we estimate that just the archive video footage will cost more than $100,000.  Our total expenses will exceed $500,000.  Every penny of the donations from Kickstarter are going to pay for the initial development of the film and will allow us to keep creative control of the film.  If we were to sell the rights of Ahmad Zahir to a big film company right now, they will have their own ideas for the film and we would not get to make the beautiful vision we have in mind. So, we are trying to keep as independent as we can as we make this movie. Your donations help us do that.

 "ساخت فیلم های مستند مصرف زیادی نیازی ندارند چرا شما به این مقدار پول نیاز دارید؟"

معمولا درک فیلم های مستند ساده برای همه آسان نیست ولی اگر فیلمی به صورت حرفه ای که عوام فهم باشد ساخته شود هزینه ای زیادی نیاز دارد ما تنها برای دستیابی به فیلم های آرشیف به مقدار ۱۰۰۰۰ دالر نیاز داریم. هزینه کل این فیلم مبلغی بیشتر از ۵۰۰۰۰ دالر میباشد و ما به شما اطمینان میدهیم که هر پنی از کمک های مالی شما در ساخت این فیلم مصرف خواهد شد و واضح است که مقدار بیشتر کمک مالی به ما این امکان را میدهد تا با خلاقیت بیشتر و بصورت خیلی حرفه ای این فیلم را بسازیم. درعین حال اگر ما برای ساخت این فیلم از شرکت های بزرگ فیلم سازی کمک بخواهیم واضح است که آنها تغییراتی در جزئیات این فیلم خواهند آورد که ما به هیچ وجه خواهان آن نیستیم.به همین دلیل ما میخواهیم این فیلم را به طور مستقل بسازیم و برای این کار ما به کمک های نقدی شما نیاز داریم

"Why would we donate money to a film when there are so many worthy causes in Afghanistan that need our money?"

This is a worthy cause! This film will be a positive message about our country, our people, and our history.  This is a film about standing up for what you believe in.  In a time when everything we see and hear about Afghanistan is negative, a positive and beautiful film like this can inspire and change people through storytelling and art. It is hard to put a value on that but we hope you agree that this film is a worthwhile endeavor.

"چرا شما میخواهید برای ساخت یک فیلم این مقدار پول را هزینه کنید درصورتیکه خیلی موضوعات مهم دیگر در افغانستان هست که به این پول نیاز دارند؟"

ساختن این فیلم یک دلیل ارزشمند دارد! این فیلم پیامی مثبت در مورد کشور ما، مردم ما و تاریخ ما خواهد داشت. این یک فیلم درباره ایستادن برای چیزی است که شما به آن اعتقاد دارید. در زمانی که همه چیزهایی که ما درباره افغانستان می بینیم و می شنویم منفی است، یک فیلم مثبت و زیبا مانند این می تواند مردم را از طریق بیان داستان و هنر الهام بخشیده و نظر شان را تغییر دهد. ارزش‌گذاری بالای این فیلم دشوار است، اما ما امیدواریم شمابا باارزش بودن این فیلم موافقت کنید

"Your film team involves non-Afghans - how do I know they have the best interest of Afghans in mind?"

This film is being produced by Afghan refugees and first generation Afghans.  We have an American director (Sam French) and an American producer (Mo Scarpelli) involved, not because they are controlling the project, but because they are really talented at what they do AND they have compassion for Afghanistan and Ahmad Zahir's legacy. 

Ahmad Zahir's daughter Shabnam is the film's executive producer and Baktash Ahadi is one of our producers. Both fled Afghanistan when they were young just like so many of us.  

Our Kickstarter video was made in English to help us reach the widest audience possible. We are working on Farsi/Dari subtitles for the video, and we are in the process of translating the English text on this page to Farsi/Dari as well. You can rest assured that the film itself will be comprised of mostly Afghan voices and shot mainly in Afghanistan or areas where Afghan diaspora will be interviewed. We have already done dozens of interviews with Afghans in Afghanistan and plan to do more. Many Afghan journalists based in Afghanistan have relayed their appreciation to make this film and believe it's a project that needs to be made.

"تیم فیلم سازی شما شامل غیر افغان ها است - چگونه می‌توانیم بداینم که آنها به موضوع که مربوط افغان ها میباشد علاقه دارند؟"

این فیلم توسط پناهندگان افغان و نسل اول افغان ها تولید می شود. ما یک کارگردان آمریکایی (سام فرانسوی) و یک تولید کننده آمریکایی (مون اسکارپلی)
 داشتیم نه به این خاطر که آنها پروژه را کنترل می کردند، بلکه به این دلیل که واقعا در مورد آنچه که انجام می دهند، با استعداد و همسو با افغانستان و میراث احمد ظاهر هستند

دختر شهید احمد ظاهر، تهیه کننده اجرایی این فیلم میباشد و بگتاش احدی یکی از تولید کنندگان ما است. هر دو مانند خلی ازما وقتی جوان بودند مجبور به ترک افغانستان شدند

** Have any other burning questions ? Email zahirthefilm@gmail.com and we are happy to answer them !

 اگر سؤالاتی دارید با ایمیل زیر با ما به تماس شوید zahirthefilm@gmail.com 

فیلمبرداری در افغانستان

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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    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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    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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    An originally-designed poster, with a personal note + signature from our 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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    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.
    ** 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:
    • exclusive email updates
    • AZ bracelet
    • set of 5 postcards
    • private link to stream the film when it's finished
    • thank you on the AZ website
    • Ahmad Zahir Majlisi remastered CD
    • thanks in the film credits on screen
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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.
    ** 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:
    • exclusive email updates
    • AZ bracelet
    • set of 5 postcards
    • private link to stream the film when it's finished
    • thank you on the AZ website
    • Ahmad Zahir Majlisi remastered CD
    • souvenir photobook by Artifact Uprising
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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.
    ** 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:
    • exclusive email updates
    • AZ bracelet
    • set of 5 postcards
    • private link to stream the film when it's finished
    • thank you on the AZ website
    • Ahmad Zahir Majlisi remastered CD
    • thanks in the film credits on screen
    • never-before-seen video of Ahmad Zahir
    • personal shout-out on AZ Facebook page
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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.
    ** Please note any rewards associated with the finished film will be delivered when the film is finished; all other re

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

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

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