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Mahuba Barat

Mahuba is a filmmaker, screenwriter and director. She started her carrier as a stage actress in 2010. Her first short film The Empty Spaces, won the best film, best sreenplay and directing at Effect of Armed Conflict at the Children Festival in Herat in 2016. The Anklet won the best short film at Breaking the Silence Against the Crime of Child-Play Festival in Kabul in 2020. She has received various prizes for writing and directing theater and short films.
In 2017 Mahuba founded Negar, an independent theater group, that focuses on women and children rights. In addition to that Negar addresses child and forced marriages, recruitment and use of children by armed forces and groups, as well as domestic and social violence. After the Taliban came to power, Mahuba and her family had to flee to Iran. Now she lives illegally with her mother and sister in Mashhad, Iran.

Production Underground Birds, a co-production of Vereinigte Bühnen Bozen (IT),
KULA Compagnie, Hålogaland Teater Tromsø (NO) and Simorgh Theater, Herat (AF).