Malek Shafi'i

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Malek Shafi'i
Malek Shafi'i.jpg
Born Abdul Malek
Afghanistan, Qarabagh, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan
Occupation Filmmaker- Festival Organizer


Board member of Board of Directors Burnaby Art Council

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Malek Shafi’i (Persian: ملک شفیعی‎‎) is a film director, festival organizer and human rights activist.


Malek Shafi’i has been making documentary films in Afghanistan and abroad for the last 13 years. He completed his education at Baagh Ferdaws Islamic Filmmaking Center in 1999 in Tehran and additionally attended a film production course in the Netherlands. Coming to Afghanistan after 20 years of exile, he has been living in Kabul for the past ten years. He founded Afghanistan Cinema Club – BASA Film in 2006. He also worked as a senior advisor for the Radio Television of Afghanistan. He has made about 30 films. Some of them won international film awards from different international film festivals. Shafi’i was a Jury member of the Tolo TV Film Festival, Kabul Film Festival, Amnesty Award of CPH-DOX (Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival), category judge of BANFF and ADB My View Video competition. Shafi'i is founder and director of Autumn Human Rights Film Festival. He also organized the second and third editions of the Kabul International Documentary and Short Film Festival; and Second Take - a film festival with a principal focus on gender and cinema. Now he is funder of Afghanistan Human Rights Film Festival. In 2011 he graduated from Kateb Higher education Institute on Sociology .

As a movies director[edit]

  • Since 1999 he made more than thirty Documentary and Short Fiction outside and inside Afghanistan, below listed some more known of them.
  • End of the land / 2004/40m

A forty-minute’s documentary about 11 September event and Afghan refugees in European countries.

FESTIVALS: 1. Afghanistan film festival Köln/Germany in 2005 2. Anti war Film festival 2005 in Canada 3. Best non-fiction film of First International Documentary and short Film Festival Kabul 2006 4. MFMK Film Festival Tataristan/ Russia 2006 5. IFCC Film Festival Italy 2006 6. International TV Film Festival of Islamic Countries – Isfahan, Iran 2007 7. VI International Audiovisual Festival Baku/ Azerbaijan 2007 8. Afghanistan Film Festival Poland 2008 9. Afghanistan Film Festival Stockholm/ Sweden 2009 10. International Human rights film festival Bahrin / 2009

  • Drought in Hazarajat / 2005/ 30m

About drought in Central Highland of Afghanistan FESTIVALS: 1. Kish International film festival /2004 - won the golden plaque 2. FICC filmfestival in Italy/2005 3. Broadcast from BBCP and some other TVs

  • Pamir territory / 2005/ 38m

A group of filmmakers intend to travel to the farthest region of Afghanistan "Wakhan district of Badakhshan province" on the pretext of election. They pass from Faiz Abad and Eshkashem paths and as for as reaching to Wakhan take film from the people lives in the elections day. In spite of an unprecedented snow in the Election Day, people participate in election days. The elections take place in a complete security and the filmmaker group return on their feet.

FESTIVALS: 1. Best non-fiction film from Kazan (Russia) international film festival (Golden Minbar) in 2006 2. Berlin Asia Pacific film festival in 2006 3. IFCC Film Festival Italy 2006 4. VI International Audiovisual Festival Baku/ Azerbaijan 2007 5. International Human rights film festival Bahrin / 2009 6. And some other Festivals.

  • Up to The Parliament / 2007/40m

About the life, campaigning and politically challenges of three women candidates in first Afghanistan parliament election in history. FESTIVALS: 1. Kabul Film Festival 2007 2. FICC Film Festival / Matera Italy 2008

Series Research Documentary:

1- Rewayat-e – Hejr / 5 episode / each 15m / 1999/ Iran 2- Charaqhaye Rabeta / 9 episode / each 25m/ 2000 / Iran 3- Afghanistan Heart Of Asia / 9 episode / each 25m /2003/ Afghanistan. 4- Small city Great Hopes / 6 episode / each 25m/ 2005/ Afghanistan

Joined documentary Movies: (Malek Shafi’I – Diana Saqeb)[edit]

  • Documentary Film, Twenty Five Percent, DV CAM, 37 Minutes (2007).

Despite their many duties, which each of the six female Afghan members of parliament have in their private lives as wives, mothers and daughters, they do attempt to live up to their responsibility for society both within and outside of parliament in a traditional and male-dominated environment. Since the women are not acknowledged a position in society, they must first assert it.

FESTIVALS: 5- Mostra International Film Festival, Barcelona 2008 6- Kraków International Film Festival, Poland 2008 7- Bahrain Human Rights Film festival 2009 8- Parwin Etesami International film festival, Tehran 2009 9- Special screening for UK, Norway and Swedish Parliamentary members 2009. 10- Special screening in University of Tennessee 2011. Distribution: 1- BBCP 2- BBC World news, My Country Program.

  • Documentary Film, Run Roobina Run, DV CAM, 55 Minutes (2009).

About Roobina Moqimyar, the first Afghan Athletes in Olympic games, Run Roobina Run shoot During the Beijing Olympic Games and now ready to Screen and send for the festivals.

  • Documentary Film, Mohtarama, HD, 60 Minutes (2012)

In 2009, the Afghan Parliament approved the Shia Family Law, which was then signed by President Karzai. The law severely restricted women’s freedom, making it illegal for them to exit the house without their husband’s consent or resisting to their husband’s sexual demands. The Afghan women who were against this law, gathered and protested in front of Afghanistan’s biggest religious school where the law was written with support from Sheikh Asif Mohsini (an Islamic scholar and the founder of the school). The protests turned violent as the students of the school began humiliating the women protestors by beating, spitting, and labeling them as “Western followers”. This was one of the first major movements by women for their rights. This seemed to be the right time to visit other provinces to learn about the concerns and challenges of the educated Afghan women and their hopes and expectations from women movements. Muhtarama is mainly about the educated Afghan women and their common concerns that ranges from lack of political and social rights to domestic violence and troubled married lives to street harassment.

Distribution: 1- Special premier screening in US embassy, Kabul, 2012 2- Special screening in ISAF compound, Kabul. 2012. 3- Special screening in CDS Duke University, NC, USA, 2012 4- Special screening in Carolina friends school, NC, USA, 2012 5- Special screening in Human Rights Day (10 December) UNAMA, Kabul, 2012 Now, we sent Mohtarama in some International Film Festivals. Mohtarama’s Page: [Mohtarama]

Other Documentary films as writer and Director[edit]

  • Self Helping Group / 15m documentary for UN HABITAT / 2007
  • 3 Documentary for AKF, 2008-2011

Community Member[edit]

1- International Federation of Film Society / Since 2008 [1]

Festival organizer[edit]

  • 2- 3rd International Documentary and Short Film Festival Kabul 2007/ 2008
  • Second Take Film Festival 2008
  • Autumn Human Rights Film Festival [2]

AHRF is an international film festival focusing on the subject of human rights. It aims to encourage film makers who use their cameras to document struggles against discrimination, injustice and violence.

We have been working towards this festival since 2009 and we are delighted that the first Human Rights Film Festival held in Kabul on 1–7 October 2011.

The festival is being organised by the Afghanistan Cinema Club with the support of various national and international organizations. It aims to be a hub for film makers and artists working despite of censorship in their countries and whose works are restricted from public screenings.

The AHRF is a platform to share the works of film makers and artists who have unfortunately been marginalized by the authority. It will present stories of lives affected by war, discrimination and injustice. These stories are of people who have resisted oppression and fought against violence to create a more humane world.

AHRF invites entries to the festival. The entries can be documentary, feature film, short film, animation or video art on the subject of human rights. Entry is open to all national and international entrants. There are two categories for entry: national and international. for more info about AHRFF and Its coming events [3]

Film Festivals jury members[edit]

  • Jury Member of second International Documentary and Short Film Festival Kabul
  • Jury Member of Tolo TV Film Festival Tolo TV
  • Amnesty Award Jury Member of CPH:DOX 2008
  • Category judge of BANFF Canada 2008 – 2011
  • ADB My View Judge [4]



  • Best Non-fiction Film Prize for Pamir Territory MFMK
  • Best Non-fiction Film Prize for End of the Earth from Kabul Film Festival First