Burhan Qurbani

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Burhan Qurbani
Native name برهان قربانی
Born Burhan
(1980-11-15) November 15, 1980 (age 35)
Residence Erkelenz, Germany
Ethnicity Hazara
Citizenship German
Alma mater Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Occupation Film director, writer, actor
Years active 2006 - present
Known for Shahada
Notable work Shahada (film), Illusion (2007 German short film), 20xBrandenburg
Home town Erkelenz
Religion Ismailia Islam

Burhan Qurbani (Persian: برهان قربانی‎‎) (born 15 November 1980) in Erkelenz is a young Afghan-German film director, writer and actor. His directing, writing and acting work include Shahada (2010), 20xBrandenburg (2010 TV documentary), Illusion (2007 short film).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Qurbani is basically from Afghanistan and belongs to the Hazara ethnic minority. Their family moved to Germany during the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan.[2][3]

Notable works[edit]


Main article: Shahada (film)

Shahada is a 2010 German drama film which narrates the fates of three German-born Muslims in Berlin who collide as they struggle to find middle ground between faith and modern life in western society. The film was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.[4][5]


20xBrandenburg is an October 2010, Krieger ohne feind (16 minutes) German TV documentary directed by Burhan Qurbani.[6]


The awards won by Qurbani includes, Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas for Shahada (2010) film. Jury Award (Made in Hamburg), including the 2008 German Film Critics Prize for the short film Illusion (2007).[7][8]


  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2546059/
  2. ^ http://www.hazarapeople.com/2010/11/08/hazara-filmmaker-burhan-qurbani/
  3. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/18/world/europe/18germany.html?_r=1
  4. ^ http://www.berlinale.de/en/archiv/jahresarchive/2010/02_programm_2010/02_Programm_2010.html
  5. ^ http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/02/17/us-berlin-shahada-idUSTRE61G37D20100217
  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1727248/
  7. ^ http://filmlab.jsfs.co.il/?p=1022
  8. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2546059/awards