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An Unpacking the ArteArchive program curated by Lila Nazemian

Featuring works by Lida Abdul, Yalda Afsah, Aidin Halalzadeh, Sahra Mani, Shahrbanoo Sadat, Sepideh Salarvand, and Ginan Seidl.

Online screening: February 18 – 26


Available worldwide

FREE with RSVP / $5 suggested donation


In-person screening: February 17th 

The Clemente’s Flamboyan Theater 

Address:  107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002

7 PM – 10 PM EST

Tickets: $10

Screening followed by a Q&A

THE FUTURE THAT AWAITS presents films about Afghan children and youth made in the years following the US-led invasion of Afghanistan and until the fall of Kabul to the Taliban in Summer 2021. Sharing experiences throughout Afghanistan as well as in Iran, the films explore how characters navigate inherited political realities, legacies of social traditions, access to education, isolated communities, and child labor. The in-person screening features five short films that reflect the main themes of the program.

THE FUTURE THAT AWAITS is co-presented by ArteEast and The Clemente and is curated by Lila Nazemian,  ArteEast’s Special Projects Curator. This screening is part of the legacy program Unpacking the ArteArchive, which preserves and presents nearly 20 years of film and video programming by ArteEast.  This program will be screened online on from February 18-26, 2023. A selection of films from the program will be screened in-person at The Clemente on February 17th at 7PM EST, followed by a post screening discussion. For more information, visit



White House, Lida Abdul, Afghanistan, 2005, 5 mins 

Dari with English subtitles 

Brick Sellers of Kabul, Lida Abdul, Afghanistan, 2006, 6 mins

Dari with English subtitles

Vice Versa One, Shahrbanoo Sadat, Afghanistan, 2011, 10 mins

Dari with English and French subtitles

Kaloo School, Sahra Mani, Afghanistan, 2012, 16 mins 

Dari with English subtitles

Bacha Posh, Yalda Afsah and Ginan Seidl, Germany, 2016, 30 mins

Dari with English subtitles

The Lowland, Aidin Halalzadeh and Sepideh Salarvand, Iran, 2021, 52 mins

Persian with English subtitles


Image Credit: The Bricksellers of Kabul, Lida Abdul