The award-winning MTV Documentary Film Afghan Dreamers directed by David Greenwald, and executive produced by Sheila Nevins along with Ellen Goosenberg Kent, will launch on Paramount+ streaming service on Tuesday, May 23rd.
Winner of the Best Human Rights Film award at Galway Film Fleadh in Ireland and the Audience Award for Tiempo de Historia at Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain, Afghan Dreamers tells the harrowing story of an all-girl robotics team from Afghanistan as they struggle to succeed in international competitions, while combating their male-dominated culture under the threat of Taliban rule. It has been a sensation at film festivals across the country including: Boulder, Cleveland, Dallas, Montclair, SCAD Savannah and more.
The premiere of Afghan Dreamers comes on the heels of the United Nations Security Council’s recent condemnation of the Afghani government’s infringement on women and girls’ right to obtain an education or work. In March, “, former captain of the Afghan Girls Robotics Team, participated in a U.N. Conference on International Women’s Day.
“Afghan Dreamers is the story of every little girl who fights for the right to attend school and engineer our planet,” said Faruqi. “I hope this film draws the world’s eyes to Afghanistan, where girls today can only dream of attending school and living how we choose.”
“The film offers an intimate look at the last days of freedom in Afghanistan as seen through the eyes of an all-girl robotics team. Their personal stories permit us to start to understand the enormity of what millions of girls and women have lost since the summer of 2021 when the Taliban returned to power,” said director David Greenwald. “The Taliban can ban girls from going to school. They can prevent women doctors from practicing medicine or not allow female judges from entering the courtroom. But one thing they can’t do is erase the accomplishments of the Afghan girl’s robotic team. They’re part of Afghan history now and their hopes and dreams live on in the hearts and minds of every Afghan girl.”
Watch the official trailer for Afghan Dreamers.