Three Songs for Benazir

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Three Songs for Benazir
Directed by
  • Gulistan Mirzaei
  • Elizabeth Mirzaei
Produced by
  • Gulistan Mirzaei
  • Elizabeth Mirzaei
  • Omar Mullick
  • Homayoun Noori
  • Jamil Rezaei
  • Shaista Khan
  • Benazir
CinematographyElizabeth Mirzaei
Edited by
  • Melanie Annan
  • Christoph Wermke
Music byQais Essar
Mirzaei Films
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
June 6, 2021
Running time
22 minutes

Three Songs for Benazir (دری سندری د بینظیر لپاره) is an Academy Award nominated 2021 Afghan-American documentary short film by Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei.[1][2]


The story of Shaista, a young man who—newly married to Benazir and living in a camp for displaced people in Kabul—struggles to balance his dreams of being the first from his tribe to join the Afghan National Army with the responsibilities of starting a family. Even as Shaista’s love for Benazir is palpable, the choices he must make to build a life with her have shattering consequences.[3]


The film had its world premiere at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in June, 2021, where it won the Jury Award for Best Short and qualified for the Oscars. In August, 2021, the film had its European premiere at the Odense International Film Festival, where it won the Soapbox Award. In February 2022, Three Songs for Benazir won Outstanding Nonfiction Short at the Cinema Eye Honors.

In December 2021, it was announced that Netflix had acquired distribution rights to the film, and set it for a January 24, 2022, release.



  1. ^ "Three Songs for Benazir - Full Frame Documentary Film Festival". Retrieved 2022-02-08.
  2. ^ Naman Ramachandran (25 January 2022). "Oscar Shortlisted 'Three Songs for Benazir' Filmmakers on Afghanistan". Variety. Retrieved 2022-02-08.
  3. ^ Addie Morfoot (2 December 2021). "Netflix Scoops Up 'Three Songs for Benazir' for Doc Shorts Slate". Variety. Retrieved 2022-02-08.
  4. ^ Oscars Nominations 2022 —— Full List of Nominees - Deadline
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