Yalda Afsah

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The experimental documentation “BOY” tells on the one hand the story of an afghan girl, which is raised as a “Bacha Posh” in Afghanistan, Mazar-e-Sharif, and on the other hand the one of a young woman, who used to dress like a boy to gain more freedom in the afghan society and street life.
The tradition “Bacha Posh” means that girls are dressed as boys and have to fulfill the function of a male family member since very young.Usually the get married as girls or have to switch to their biological gender when they´re sexually mature.
Faranoz is 13 years old and was raised as “Bacha Posh” and lives consciously all the liberties and duties of a boy, beginning with playing football with the other boys up to making the groceries for the older sister, which lives alone as a single mother.
Elaha is a 24-year old singer, which lives in London. She decided as a teenager, before her migration from Afghanistan, to pretend to be a boy in order to live more or less a self-determined life.

A Film by Yalda Afsah and Ginan Seidl

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BOY
2015, Mazar-e-Sharif/ London/ 30 min./ FullHD
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