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film editor , screenwriter , film producer , Film director

Siddiq Barmak, Afghan filmmaker. Achievements include directing the first film made in Afghanistan after the collapse of the Taliban. Recipient Fellini Silver Medal, United Nations Educational, 2003.


Barmak, Siddiq was born on September 7, 1962 in Afghanistan.


Master in film direction, Moscow University, 1987.


He received an M.A degree in cinema direction from the Moscow Film Institute (VGIK) in 1987. There is a stylistic echo in featured in Afghan films by the Iranian Makhmalbaf dynasty. Barmak directed with significant funding and assistance from Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

The Iranian director invested in the film, lending Barmak his Arriflex camera and encouraging him to send the movie to international festivals, which eventually generated further funding from Japanese and Irish producers. Barmak is also director of the (ACEM), an association that promotes literacy, culture and the arts, which was also founded by Makhmalbaf. The school trains actors and directors for newly emerging Afghan cinema.

Barmak is one of the celebrated figures in Persian cinema as well as the emerging cinema of Afghanistan.


  • His first feature film , won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2004. Barmak received "UNESCO’s Fellini Silver Medal" for his drama, , in 2003.


  • Other Work

    • Writer, editor, director, producer (films) Osama, 2003 (numerous awards from London, Cannes, Kerala, Pusan, Molodist, and Bratislava International Film Festivals, 2003), executive producer Kurbani, 2004, co-producer Earth & Ashes, 2004.


2 children.