Leena Alam

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Leena Alam
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Born Leena Alam
1978 (age 35–36)
Kabul, Afghanistan
Occupation Actress, Social Activist, Producer
Years active 1998–present

Leena Alam (Persian: لينا علم, born in Kabul, Afghanistan) is an Afghan Film Actor who acted in films such as Kabuli Kid, Loori, Running in circle and more. In 1989 Leena along with her family moved to America due to the war in her homeland. She began her acting and cinema career in 1998. She feels that the best way for one to express ones thoughts and opinions is through acting. In در سرزمین بیگانه (In Foreign Land) she played an Indian girl who has come to the US to study. She is devoted to her traditions and values. She then befriends with a fellow schoolmate-an Afghan in origin; however, due to her strong attachment to her origins and her set goals, she refuses marriage and leaves for India after finishing school. It was during the casting for this particular movie that she met, her Later Mentor, Salaam Sangi. He played a very important part in developing her talents, and realized her passion for films. He encouraged and guided her on and off the set. لوری (Loorie) with Orokzai Films was one of her favorites in the US. Hamid Naweed-a very talented poet, writer and painter-wrote this script especially for her. She played an emotionally and mentally wounded Afghan girl who had forgotten her past. In 2007 she came back to Kabul and in films like (Kabuli Kid) with Hadji Gul, by Barmak Akram. Starring in her own production, (Silent Love) by Rusool Eman. She also did few short films to help the young film makers in Afghanistan.(Ranning in Circle) by Siyar Noorzad, (Live in Grave) by Lal Alizada,(The Unknown) by Ghafar Faizyar Her recent films with Iranian Film makers,was (Soil and Coral)خاک و مرجان produced by Parween Hussaini and directed by Massoud Atyabi and (Qamar) by Nima Latifi.Leena was also a member of the Jury at the First Negah e Now Film Festival 2014.

Career[edit]

Early work[edit]

In the beginning of her journey, she modeled, and took part in dance competitions. Then she starred in her first movie: سوگند عشق (Promise of Love) with Tarin Films. She was playing a tutor who falls in love and because of her past, she is not accepted and before getting married to someone else, she commits suicide.

Peace Ambassador[edit]

Leena Alam was assigned as peace ambassador of the UNAMA in 2009. She attends ceremonies celebrated on the international peace days and delivers the peace message to the people promoting peace.

Awards[edit]

Best Actress in the 3rd annual Kabul International Film Festival 2008,

Best Actress in the 4th Annual Tolo Film Festival 2009.for her role in "Running in a Circle" by Siyar Noorzaad

Best Actress in the 2nd Afghanistan Human Rights Film Festival 2013 for her role in the film "The Unknown" by Ghafar Faizyar.

Best Actress in the first Negah e Now Film Festival 2014,Kabul Afghanistan.

Kabuli Kid- by Barmak Akram Winner of Human Rights: Venice, Italy, Best Asian Film: Fajar Film Festival Iran, Best Script & Best Critic: France.

Loori, Best Genre: New York Film Festival, Best Directorial Debut: Los Angeles Film Festival.


Leena Alam is also awarded for her social activities

References[edit]

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