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Laila at the Bridge

Elizabeth Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei, 97 min

Canada, Afghanistan, 2017

Laila at the Bridge

A fight against the Afghan heroin mafia with the most 'badass' woman in Kabul. A powerful film about a woman who is willpower in its purest form.

Afghanistan is the country with the world's largest opium export and most heroin addicts. Under a bridge in Kabul, hundreds of men and women with murmuring voices and blurry eyes are left to their own destiny by a corrupt government with its own economic interests in the opium trade. Laila has decided to do something about it. Day after day, the charismatic and strong-willed woman puts on her small ballerina shoes and colourful scarves and heads under the bridge to take them to her private rehab centre, where the aim is to get them out of their addiction with ice-cold baths, communal prayers and motherly reprimands. It is not a miracle factory. Many experience a relapse, and Laila has to struggle with constant financial problems. When the Taliban's arrival in the city scares customers away from the restaurant she is running to finance her centres, things start looking bleak. But Laila is willpower in its purest form, as she threatens corrupt ministers in their marble offices, shoots mafia thugs in her bedroom with a shotgun and with equal measures of care and indignation has a serious word with the opium-addled men under the bridge. For as she shouts at a group of men gawking at the addicts under the bridge: I am more badass than all of you put together.

Screenings

Date Time Location

Wed. 21/03

16:40

Grand Teatret

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Fri. 23/03

12:00

Dagmar

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Sat. 24/03

12:00

Charlottenborg

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Date Time Location
World Premiere
Director: Elizabeth Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei
Original Title: Laila at the Bridge
Country: Canada, Afghanistan
Year: 2017
Running time: 97 min
Dialogue: Pashto, Dari
Series:
Category: Politics
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Producer: Ina Fichman
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