Afghan Filmmaker Shahrbanoo Sadat Finally Escapes Kabul With Family

Shahrbanoo Sadat, the Cannes-winning Afghan filmmaker who last week spoke passionately to The Hollywood Reporter about her efforts to escape Kabul days after it fell to the Taliban, has finally managed to leave the country.

The director, who won the top Directors’ Fortnight award in Cannes for her first feature, the rural Afghanistan-set Wolf and Sheep, in 2016 and returned three years later with her well-received follow up The Orphanage, made it out of Afghanistan on Monday, according to a statement.

“With the help of the French government and the help from people all around the world, Shahrbanoo made it after many days together with nine family members through the crowds and Taliban checkpoints into the airport, where French soldiers took care of her and her family,” it said. “Communication with Shahrbanoo Sadat at the moment is difficult, but she has confirmed she is in Abu Dhabi soon boarding a plane to Europe.”

More to come.

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