“Cinema Pameer” uses a slice of everyday life in Kabul as a looking glass into Afghanistan today. The main focus is the cinema itself and the characters surrounding it, however the underlying reality surfaces time and again through everyday life. The war, a society in ruins and the pursuit and hope for something more. Something better.
A documentary that not only tells the story of the cinema itself – and the many inspiring characters surrounding it – but also take on the important task of showing an international audience how everyday life in a country torn apart can look, feel and eventually evolve. Using film and cinema, recognizable and relatable to people around the world regardless of geography, religion, culture or life circumstance. Also, highlighting film as an accessible inspiration and catalyst for change even in the struggling and poor society of Afghanistan today.
“Cinema Pameer” is a film that on one hand tells the story of how film can act both as a temporary escape from hardships as well as an inspiration and means to gain new perspectives. On the other hand it tells the specific stories of the men who work there and the audience who keep coming back, day after day. The aim of the film is not to delve into Afghan history or its many conflicts. Because as much as that has and keeps affecting everyday life, it doesn´t necessarily define the country or its people. Instead this is a story about a place of escape and inspiration in a war torn city. Where living and surviving are two very different things.