Afghan female singers, introduced by cinematic portrait films, perform concerts and virtually meet Europe-based musicians to create fusion songs.
Filmed in July-September 2021 on location in Kabul (Afghanistan), Mashhad (Iran) and Berlin (Germany). Only on our → YouTube channel.
→ Festival-Programm (Deutsch) → Biographies of the 9 singers (engl.)
In July 2021, ethnomusicologist Yalda Yazdani and ZOB director Andreas Rochholl traveled to Afghanistan for four weeks to film female singers living there. No one could have guessed at the time that this would be the last opportunity to document the lives of these female artists before the Taliban took power.
After two successful festival editions (2017/2018) and the documentary “The Female Voice of Iran” (2020), the vision of making these voices audible across all borders was also to be realized for female artists in and from Afghanistan. As before, artistic connections were also made with musicians from Europe. In addition to the complex political situation in Afghanistan, overcoming the pandemic-related and geographical distance creatively presented the makers with enormous challenges.
After numerous stage projects, ZOB embarked on a search for new performative forms in the digital world even before the Corona pandemic. It has succeeded brilliantly with its YouTube channel, which now has more than 3 million views for the “Female Voice of Iran” playlist videos alone. “Female Voice of Afghanistan” will be an innovative digital festival from the experiences of stage, film, TV, documentary and social media.
• Singers: Mashal Arman, Rouya Doost, Gulshan, Freshta Farokhi, Sumaia Karimi, Sadiqa Madadgar, Naria Nour, Wajiha Rastagar, Ghawgha Taban
Artistic Director: Yalda Yazdani • Director/Producer: Andreas Rochholl
Creative Director: Sebastian Leitner • Moderator: Sharmila Hashimi
Head of Sound-department – Volker Wendisch • Filmteam Afghanistan, Assistant Director – Zabiullah Saifi Askari • Animations – Fidan Akhundova • Additional camera in Berlin – Christoph Wieland • Media Relations – Christiane Dramé • Floral Artist – Mona-Isabelle • Translator – Qayce Alamdar • Sound Recordist Berlin – Daniel Weingarten • Stage management Berlin – Milena Gehrt
• Musicians for the Fusion-projects: Valentina Bellanova, Shukria Hameedi, Ceyhun Kaya, Mahan Mirarab, Petra Nachtmanova, Faroogh Rahmani, Golnar Shahyar, Mischa Tangian, Nora Thiele and a reading with Mariam T. Azimi
• Additional Characters: Shafagh Rahmani, Hafiza Bahmani
17.10.21 TWIST “Überleben: Die Kunst weiterzumachen” by Marco Giacopuzzi (ARTE)
15.10.21 tagesschau SCHWERPUNKT: Musikfestival “Female Voice of Afghanistan” (ARD)
13.10.21 3sat – Kulturzeit
10.10.21 ttt-titel thesen temperamente (ARD)
09.10.21 rbbKultur DAS MAGAZIN by Max Burk
20.10.21 MDR Kultur “Gegen das Verstummen” by Grit Friedrich
17.10.21 DW online “Afghanistan: Stimmen gegen das Trauma” by Stefan Franzen
15.10.21 SRF Kultur “Virtuelles Musikfestival” (Swiss Radio and Television, SRF)
13.10.21 rbb 24 “Leben in Afghanistan? Da gibt es keine Sicherheit”
13.10.21 en.Qantara “Afghan women raise their voices against trauma” by Stefan Franzen (DW Deutsche Welle)
13.10.21 rbb INFOradio von Anke Schaefer
11.10.21 Radio eins (rbb, 17 min) Interview with Knut Elstermann
08.09.21 WDR-COSMO von Bamdad Esmaili und Joyce Lok Teng Lee
16.10.21 J:MAG “Festival virtuel de musique sur Youtube” by Malik Berkati (Swiss magazine)
14.10.21 Badische Zeitung Ein virtuelles Festival in Berlin stellt afghanische Sängerinnen vor
12.10.21 Qantara.de “Stimmen gegen das Trauma” by Stefan Franzen
10.10.21 Tagesspiegel “Singen im Land der Taliban: “Mein Herz ist in Afghanistan geblieben” by Cornelius Dieckmann (Newspaper in German)
‘Female Voice of Afghanistan’ is a project created by Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin
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