'SISTERS' Press Release
A MUSIC STUDENT FROM ‘ZOHRA’ CLAIMS ‘THAT MOTHERS ARE SELLING THEIR BABIES TO FEED THEIR FAMILIES AND THAT PEOPLE WILL BECOME CANNIBALS AND START EATING EACH OTHER.’
AT A SPECIAL SCREENING AT THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT OF ‘SISTERS’ THE STORY OF THE YOUNG
WOMEN IN ‘ZOHRA’ THE ONLY ALL-FEMALE ORCHESTRA IN AFGHANISTAN. FLICK DRUMMOND MP
CO-CHAIR OF THE ALL-PARLIAMENTARY GROUP FOR WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY CALLS ON THE
TALIBAN ‘TO IMMEDIATELY REOPEN THE MUSIC INSTITUTE IN AFGHANISTAN SO THAT THE CHILDREN CAN LEARN TO CELEBRATE THE MUSICAL CULTURE OF AFGHANISTAN.’
‘SISTERS’ producer Tony Klinger met with MP’s and representatives of the House of Lords on Tuesday 19th October at a special screening at the Houses of Parliament of the documentary feature film ‘SISTERS’. A true story by musician and director Dan Blackwell as he investigates the lives of the members of ‘Zohra’ the first and last all-female orchestra in Afghanistan.
‘I was delighted to host this amazing film and thank Tony Klinger for bringing it to Westminster. Everyone should see this film and see the joy of music in the young Afghan women’s faces. The music institute has now been closed down and I urge the new leadership to reopen it immediately so that Afghan children can learn to celebrate the musical culture of Afghanistan.’ FLICK DRUMMOND MP
At the screening ‘SISTERS’ producer Tony Klinger read a letter from one of the students in ‘Zohra’ that describes her fears about the impending fate that awaits her and her fellow students and the people of Afghanistan. The student whose name is redacted WROTE.
ZOHRA student Letter from Afghanistan
‘Hi dear, I am good. Yes: some students went to Qatar. I did not.
The situation is getting worst (sic). People are getting hungry and poor, people got jobless, there is no (sic) enough food, street crimes have been increased, prices for everything got twice higher, most people are not able to pay for everything,
Taliban are pushing on people, there are stealers who steal mobile phones and you money wallet by putting gun on your head, mothers sell their baby to feed the rest of the families and so...
I feel in near future about a month or 2 months people will start eating each other.
I feel people got very brutal and wild.’
'I would rather die standing on my feet than living on one knee' - Zarifa Adiba Joint leader of ‘Zohra’
We are all very worried about the fate of these young girls and their families under the control of the Taliban' Tony Klinger
Click her for ‘SISTERS’ Trailer - https://youtu.be/Hai2_Ay7zCo
‘SISTERS’ follows UK musician, Dan Blackwell to Kabul to meet Afghanistan's first ever female orchestra ‘Zohra,’ the first female orchestra in a country where it is forbidden for women and girls to play music. Every member of this orchestra has faced terrible adversity to play music. Dan learned about ‘Zohra’ online and contacted them first via Facebook and then followed with an email.
Dan Blackwell is a travelling musician and film maker from the UK. After working in the industry as a Session Guitarist, Producer and Composer, Dan launched a project called '4bar Collective'. The aim was to collaborate with large numbers of musicians, recording four bars of music from each to create original tracks and a network of cross promotion for all the artists involved. ‘Sister’ & Soundtrack Composed by Dan Blackwell & Tom Biggs.
“When I discovered Zohra online, I was inspired to completely rework the structure of the project into a documentary series and working with Tony Klinger helps me realise this ambition.”
----Dan Blackwell, the director of ‘Sisters’
Negin Khpalwak, the Conductor of ‘Zohra.’ At 20 years old she is the oldest member and the leader of the ‘Zohra’ Ensemble. She sticks with and leads ‘Zohra’ as the country’s first female conductor despite multiple death threats and family disputes. Zarifa is nowhere to be seen until Dan tracks her down. Discovering her precarious situation, Dan stays with her as she prepares to flee Afghanistan leaving close friends and family behind.
Zarifa Adiba Along with Negin, Zarifa was the outspoken second leader of ‘Zohra’ until she fled the country during the production of this film.
Tony Klinger, the Executive Producer of ‘Sisters.’ Our film is about the brave, talented women in the first all-female orchestra in Afghanistan and with the news coming out now it might be the last. I was taught by my father, always tell the truth, fight your corner, only make films you are passionate about, and when your dad is the film producing legend the now departed, Michael Klinger, you listen, he made many terrific films such as the classic ‘Get Carter.’ Tony is an award-winning writer, and filmmaker. During a stellar career he started out as an Assistant Director on ‘The Avengers’ TV series, and later was a producer or senior executive for films ‘The Kids are Alright’ ‘Gold’, ‘Shout at the Devil’, ‘Rachel’s Man’, ‘The Butterfly Ball’ ‘The Barcelona Kill’ ‘Extremes’ and many others, working with a galaxy of stars such as Lee Marvin, Twiggy, Roger Moore, Michael Caine, The Who, Vincent Price, Mickey Rooney, and Deep Purple and is currently producing ‘Dirty, Sexy and Totally Iconic’, ‘Solo2Darwin’ having just delivered ‘The Man Who Got Carter’ which, like ‘Sisters’ goes into distribution in January 2022
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