About BASA Film

باشگاه سینمایی افغانستان
Afghanistan Cinema Club

BASA Film (Bashgahe Cinema, meaning Afghanistan Cinema Club)is a non-profit organization that promotes cultural development in Afghanistan. It is made up of artists and cultural activists from Afghanistan, and some voluntary artist from around the world, including skilled professionals in cinema, literature, photography and graphic design. The organization’s major activities include producing documentary and narrative films; launching and providing film training courses; organizing public screenings for special audiences; supporting foreign production teams inside Afghanistan; sending artist’s work to international festivals; and organizing large cultural events in Kabul city such as film festivals.


Documentary films produced by BASA, such as Pamir Territory (2003), Drought in Hazarajat (2003), and The End of the Earth (2001) have won international awards and been screened worldwide at prestigious festivals. BASA has produced several films about women’s rights in Afghanistan. The film 25 Percent (2007) depicts female members of the Afghan parliament and their struggles to gain rights, recognition and respect in the male-dominated environment of the Wolesi Jirga. The film Mohtarama (2012) tells the story of the grassroots women’s movement in Kabul, and two other east and west provinces of Afghanistan. These films have been screened for members of the British, Norwegian and Swedish parliaments, as well as at universities in the United States (UT).

BASA Film Office 2

BASA Film Office

In October 2011, with the support of various national and international organizations, BASA organized first edition of The Afghanistan (Autumn) Human Rights Film Festival, the first human rights film festival to be held in Kabul. The festival serves as a hub for artists and filmmakers dealing with issues of censorship, war and other human rights abuses. It aims to encourage filmmakers to use their cameras to document struggles against discrimination, injustice and violence. In October 2013, BASA will host the second Autumn Human Rights Film Festival ( for more info: www.ahrfestival.net

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