Siddiq Barmak

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Siddiq Barmak
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Born (1962-09-07) September 7, 1962 (age 56)
Panjshir, Afghanistan
Occupationfilm director, screenwriter, film producer

Siddiq Barmak (Persian: صدیق برمک‎, born September 7, 1962 in Panjshir, Afghanistan) is a Golden Globe-winner Afghan film director and producer. He received an M.A degree in cinema direction from the Moscow Film Institute (VGIK) in 1987.

His first feature film Osama, won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2004.


There is a stylistic echo in Osama featured in Afghan films by the Iranian Makhmalbaf dynasty. Barmak directed Osama 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.[1] Barmak received "UNESCO’s Fellini Silver Medal" for his drama, Osama, in 2003.

Afghan Children Education Movement[edit]

Barmak is also director of the Afghan Children Education Movement (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.


He has written screenplays and has made short films and produced a number of films.


  1. ^ Meek, James (January 16, 2004). "Through the dark black smoke of war". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-31.

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