1. Media Space

  2. Press Kit

The Forbidden Reel

Ariel Nasr
2019 | 119 min


Synopses


About the film

Trailer

Promotional Material

Images

Team


Ariel Nasr
Writer and Director
Biography
Photo
Photo : Kiana Hayeri


Ariel Nasr

Ariel Nasr is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has earned an Oscar nomination, a Canadian Screen Award, and more than a dozen other awards from festivals around the world. Director of the National Film Board’s The Boxing Girls of Kabul, Good Morning Kandahar, and the interactive project Kabul Portraits, Ariel’s work encompasses writing, directing and producing across multiple formats and platforms and has been broadcast in Canada the US, across Latin America, Europe, East Asia and the Middle East. Based in Montreal, alongside The Forbidden Reel Ariel is currently working on The Mosque: A Community’s Struggle, a CBC, Canal D documentary about the 2017 Quebec Mosque Shooting.


Sergeo Kirby
Producer (Loaded Pictures)
Biography
Photo


Sergeo Kirby

Sergeo Kirby has been producing, directing and filming award-winning feature documentaries for close to two decades. Notable credits include THE FORBIDDEN REEL, ABU, SHINERS, PIPE DREAMS, Patsy, H2Oil, ROADSWORTH, and WAL-TOWN. Sergeo founded Loaded Pictures in 2006; a Montreal based documentary film company focusing on complex social documentaries. His documentaries have been seen on CBC, the Documentary Channel, Canal D, Discovery, and the Sundance Channel, among others and have been screened at film festivals around the world. His films have won dozens of awards at festivals around the world and at home. He is currently at work on a feature documentary in Afghanistan about midwives saving lives.


Kat Baulu
Producer
Biography
Photo
Photo : NFB


Kat Baulu

As a creative producer at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Kat Baulu supports auteurs working on documentary, animation and interactive projects. Her inspiration comes from raising underrepresented voices and generating stories with social impact. She produced Jobie Weetaluktuk’s award-winning documentary Timuti, filmed in his hometown of Inukjuak. Kat has collaborated with celebrated Indigenous artists and filmmakers such as Nadia Myre, Courtney Montour, Tracey Deer, Michelle Smith and Paul M. Rickard.

Kat is currently launching the short experimental documentary Three Thousand, directed by Asinnajaq (a.k.a. Isabella Rose Weetaluktuk), and the hand-drawn animated film SHAMAN, by first-time filmmaker Echo Henoche.


Annette Clarke
Executive Producer
Biography
Photo
Photo : NFB


Annette Clarke

Annette Clarke is an accomplished producer whose award-winning films challenge stereotypes and bring diverse voices to the forefront. For the past 25 years, she has collaborated with both emerging and established talent to tell powerful, transformative stories. As Executive Producer for NFB’s Quebec-Atlantic studio, Annette has met cattle rustlers in Kenya, foreign workers in Labrador, the endangered bluefin tuna, rock-star chefs decrying food waste, and an animated young girl who copes with her mom’s mental illness by losing herself in the imaginary world of books. Annette’s recent producer credits include Vive la rose (2009, TIFF and Sundance), The Chocolate Farmer (2010, Hot Docs, RIDM), Flawed (2010, Hot Docs, Silverdocs, double honours at PSIFF, Emmy nomination), The Boxing Girls of Kabul (2011, IDFA and CSA for best documentary short), Hard Light(2012, FIFA Jury Award), Buying Sex (2013, Hot Docs), Danny (2014, Hot Docs Big Ideas series), 54 Hours (2014, Yorkton Founder’s Award),Gunrunners (2015, Hot Docs) and Hand. Line. Cod. (2016, TIFF)

Credits

Writer and Director
Ariel Nasr

Editor
Annie Jean, CCE

Cinematographer
Duraid Munajim

Music Composer
Olivier Alary

Sound Designer
Marie-Pierre Grenier

Producers
Sergeo Kirby
Kat Baulu

Executive Producers
Sergeo Kirby
Annette Clarke

Executive Producer, TVO
Jane Jankovic

Production Executive, TVO
Linda Fong

Co- Producer
Ariel Nasr

Associate Producer
Stacey Tenenbaum

Development Producers
Noelle Sorbara
Paul D. McNeill

Additional Camera
Jonathan Saruk
Ariel Nasr
Jordan Byron
Pablo Alvarez-Mesa
Hassan Nikzad
Parwiz Arify
Marie-Cecile Dietlin
Sergeo Kirby

Sound
Sergeo Kirby
Emory Murchison
Karl Niaudot

Musicians
Olivier Alary: Slide Guitar, Electronics
Johannes Malfatti: Prepared Piano, Percussion
John Corban: Viola
Jean-Christophe Lizotte: Cello
Erik Hove: Saxophone, Flute

Production Managers
Mylene Chalifoux
Charles Faubert

Production Coordinator
Gaël Cheval

Production Assistants
Zion Lipstein-Saffer
Benjamin Payet
Ali Atia Aldaradji

Research
Ariel Nasr

Additional Research
Aisha Jama
Soraya Atayee

NFB Quebec Atlantic Studio

Senior Production Coordinators
Camila Blos
Kelly Davis
Cheryl Murgatroyd

Production Coordinators
Christine Williams
Mylène Augustin
Larissa Christoforo

Studio Administrators
Leslie Anne Poyntz
Camila Blos

Paris Team

Production Manager
David Noreau

Production Coordinators
Hugo Cisterne
Maylis Roussel

Additional Camera
Pierre-Francois Didek

Grip
Yacine Siaci

Simultaneous Translation
Amanullah Mojadidi

Kabul Team

Field Producer
David Wahab

Production Manager
Saleem Yousofzada

Assistant Production Manager
Hamid Mohammadi Fazlyar

Production Coordinator
Kazim Farnood

Art Department
Arshad Khan
Paola Ridolfi

Assistant to Art Department
Khaled Aziz

Key Gaffer
Jamil Ghanizada

Grip Team
Jamil Dakohai
Salaam Yousofzai
Safiulla Sadiqi
Zakarya Amin

2nd Camera
Hassan Nikzad

Best Boy
Tamim Omari

Simultaneous translation
Tawfiq M. Qasim Faiz
Anwar Hareb

Driver
Hameed Yousofzada

Cook
Masoud Saadati

Kabul Cast

Latif as a Child
Abdurahman

Siddiq as a Child
Ahmed Zahed

as Young Siddiq
Najebullah

as Projectionist
Abdul Rasool Khalaqi

as Soviet Spies
Hamsafar Azam
Khaled Aziz

as President of Afghan Films
Mohamad Yaqood

as Taliban
Farooq Ghulam Baraki
Jamil Dakohai
Safiulla Sadiqi
Zakarya Amin

as Siddiq’s Mother
Koko Gul

Post Production

Additional Editor
Eve LeClair

1st Assistant Editor
Francis Bernier

Assistant Editors
Gilda Pourjabar
Gordon Hashimoto
Nikolaos Nikolaidis
Carlos Cortes
Patrice Arsenault

Dialogue Editor
Luc Bouchard

Technical Supervisors
Keith Pattington
Francis Bernier

Title Design
Hadi Jamali

Still Photography
Sergeo Kirby
Ariel Nasr

On-Line Editor
Serge Verreault

Digital Imaging Specialists
Mélanie Bouchard
Jacques Bertrand Simard

Foley Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Foley Artist
Karla Baumgardner

Re-recording
Jean-Paul Vialard

Digital Editing Technicians
Isabelle Painchaud
Pierre Dupont
Patrick Trahan

Technical Coordinators
Daniel Lord
Jean-François Laprise
Christopher MacIntosh
Mira Mailhot

Technical Edit Coordinator
KEVIN RILEY

Title Design
Hadi Jamali

Still Photography
Sergeo Kirby
Ariel Nasr

Dari Translators (alphabetical)
Ali Karimi
Fawad Popalyar
Fazila Amiri
Mariam Parwanta
Mohammad Ali Askar
Naghmeh Sarvaran
Narges Haghighat
Power of Babel
Raheleh Salim
Soraya Atayee

Pashto translator
Sayed Hashimi

Subtitles
Ariel Nasr
Annie Jean
Soraya Atayee

Producer’s Assistant
Charles Beaudette

Bookkeeper
Margaret Terreau

Tax Credit Administration
Amy Miller

Business Affairs
Mary Graziano
Brent McColl

Legal Counsel
Peter Kallianiotis
Dominique Aubry
Vanessa Loubineau

Production Insurance
GLOBALEX

Marketing Manager
Johanna Lessard

Marketing Coordinator
Jolène Lessard

Marketing Editors
Nabil Mehchi
Susan Shanks
Jeremiah Hayes
Angel Trasgallo Carpio Angel

Head, Festivals and Audience Development
Élise Labbé

Publicists
Jennifer Mair

NFB DIGITIZATION

Executive Director, INSTITUTIONAL PROGRAM
André Picard

Head, Technical Resources
Claude Brien
Louis Dupuis

Director, Research & Development
Jimmy Fournier

Supervisor, Conservation
Marie-France Rousseau

Technicians Digitization and Conservation
Steven Woloshen
Nathalie Dallaire
William Holley
Diane Dumas
Aldo La Ricca
Martin Forget

Technician, Sound Transfer
Pierre St-Germain

Films Featured (by year of production)

Eshgh va Doosti (Love and Friendship)
Directed by M. Luis
Fiction (1946)

Manand Oghab (Like an Eagle)
Directed by Fayz Muhammad Kheirzada
Fiction (1967)

Sherkat Battery Aria (Aria Battery Company)
by Engineer Latif Ahmadi
Advertisement (1970)

Sprite
by Engineer Latif Ahmadi
Advertisement (1970)

Mujasamaha Mikhandand (The Sculptures are Laughing)
By Torialai Shaffaq
Fiction (1975)

Enghelab Sour (Saur Revolution)
by Engineer Latif Ahmadi
Docu-Fiction (1979)

Gonah (The Sin)
by Engineer Latif Ahmadi
Fiction (1980)

Mazraeh Sabz (Green Field)
by Engineer Latif Ahmadi
Fiction (1981)

Akhtar Maskara
(Akhtar the Joker)
by Engineer Latif Ahmadi
Fiction (1982)

Farar (Escape)
by Engineer Latif Ahmadi
Fiction (1983)

Saboor Sarbaz (Patient Soldier)
by Engineer Latif Ahmadi
Fiction (1984)

Hamaseh Eshgh (Epic of Love)
by Engineer LatifAhmadi
Fiction (1987)

Mardha ra Ghoul Ast (Men Keep their promises)
Directed by Saeed Orokzai
Fiction (1987)

Begana (The Stranger)
by Siddiq Barmak
Fiction (1987)

Khakestar (The Ashes)
by Saeed Orokzai
Fiction (1991)

Urooj (Ascension)
by Noor Hashim Abir and Script by Siddiq Barmak
Fiction (1995)

Khane Tarikh (The House of History)
by Qader Tahiri
Documentary (1996)

Thanks to Afghan Films
Azim Karimi
Wafi Amin
Fahim Zolal
Rafiullah Azizi
And all the Staff

Archival Footage Courtesy of
Afghan Films Archive
Afghan Film -Delete! Newsreels
(1919 to 1996)
Fiction and Documentary Films
Yusuf Jannesar

Photographs Courtesy of
Afghan Films
Yusuf Jannesar
Engineer Latif Ahmadi
Siddiq Barmak
Yasmin Yarmal

EVIL WAYS
Words and Music by CLARENCE ARTHUR HENRY
(c) UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING CANADA ON BEHALF OF UNIVERSAL SONGS OF POLYGRAM INT., INC. (SOCAN)
Performed by Charles Siqueira Vaz, Globe Studios In Mumbai India with Dr Ashit Bavadekar and band.

Produced with the financial participation of
CMF/FMC

In association with TVO
John Ferri, VP Current Affairs and Documentaries, TVO

and

AJE Witness
Executive Producer
Fiona Lawson Baker

Commissioning Editor
Reem Haddad

Production Support
Maria Costea



Press Relations

  • LOADED PICTURES is a dynamic multi disciplinary media production company that has a history of making excellent political and social documentaries, films and media projects. Founded in Montreal, Quebec in 2006 Loaded Pictures produced the award winning films ABU, H2Oil, and ROADSWORTH to name a few. Some of the media projects that Loaded Pictures has worked on are WAL-TOWN, and counter culture agitprop campaign against Wal-Mart that toured across Canada with a young group of social activists and THE MOSQUE a film that dealt with islamophobia in Canada, complete with a media campaign. Loaded Pictures also produced the comedy series Citizen Vrooman looking at the political satire of Canada. Loaded Pictures is currently working on an interactive site for THE FORBIDDEN REEL. A film about Afghanistan’s struggle to create a film industry and the filmmakers who made the films. Loaded Pictures strives to make audiences rethink their reality.

  • About the NFB

    The NFB is Canada’s public producer of award-winning creative documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences. NFB producers are embedded in communities across the country, from St. John’s to Vancouver, working with talented creators on innovative and socially relevant projects. The NFB is a leader in gender equity in film and digital media production, and is working to strengthen Indigenous-led production, guided by the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. NFB productions have won over 7,000 awards, including 24 Canadian Screen Awards, 21 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 100 Genies. To access this award-winning content and discover the work of NFB creators, visit NFB.ca, download its apps for mobile devices or visit NFB Pause.