‘Wajma: An Afghan Love Story’

Snow blankets Kabul as Mustafa, a young outgoing waiter, continues a secretive relationship with law student, Wajma. Breaking all the social rules, they meet, alone, in his mother’s home or places off the beaten track. They talk of marriage but Wajma’s father does not approve of Mustafa, a man recently returned from Iran.

It’s a gently told tale but, set within a patriarchal society, intense and inevitable as writer/director Barmak Akram (Kabul Kid) allows the narrative to naturally unfold. The family unit is pushed to breaking point as values are challenged and parental responsibilities questioned where repression of women is the norm.

Rating: 72%