Asef Baraki (53) is an Afghan journalist, writer and film producer. After spending 2 years studying Law and Political Science at Kabul University, Asef tackled a 5-year study of journalism at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.
In the early 80’s, he worked as a journalist and war correspondent during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan until a serious injury sustained during a journalistic assignment sidelined him from war. Upon immigrating to Canada in the late 90’s, Asef founded Tabesh, a monthly periodical for Afghans living in French Canada. He is the author of Farewell Kabul and The Mastaan Fort, a set of short story collections about Afghanistan.
Mina Walking marks his debut as film producer. Shot in 19 days in the busiest of Kabul’s environments, the film follows the loose narrative of seven days in the life of a young girl and her family.
Mina Walking premiered at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival where it competed for the Crystal Bear and the Best First Feature Award.
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