Wolf and Sheep

by Shahrbanoo Sadat


In rural Afghanistan, people are storytellers who make up and tell each other tales of mystery and imagination to explain the world in which they live.

The shepherd children own the mountains and, although no adults are around, they know the rules; they know that boys and girls are not allowed to be together. The boys practice with their slings to fight wolves. The girls smoke secretly and play at getting married, dreaming of finding a husband soon. They gossip about Sediqa; she’s eleven years old and an outsider. The girls think she is cursed.

Qodrat, also eleven years old, becomes the subject of gossip when his mother remarries an old man with two wives. Qodrat roams alone in the most isolated parts of the mountains, where he meets Sediqa and they become friends.


Denmark/France/Sweden/Afghanistan  2016  86mn  1.85:1  5.1  Hazaragi  1st Feature Film

produced by

Adomeit Film, Katja Adomeit (Denmark)

co-produced by

La Fabrica Nocturna Productions (France)

Wolf Pictures (Afghanistan)

Zentropa Sweden (Sweden)

written by

Shahrbanoo Sadat

Director's Filmography

  • 2011 – A Smile for Life (22′)
  • 2011- Vice Versa One (9.30′) – Selected at Director’s Fortnight
  • 2013- Not at Home (65′)- Selected in IFF- Rotterdam-Bright Future
  • 2014 – Who wants to be the wolf ? (11′)


Cinematographer: Virginie Surdej

Editor: Alexandra Strauss

Sound recordist: Sigrid DPA Jensen

Sound design: Thomas Jaeger & Thomas Arent






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Festivals & Awards

  • Cannes 2016 – Director’s Fortnight – Art Cinema Award
  • Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic – Another View
  • Jerusalem, Israel – Debut Competition
  • IndieBo, Colombia – Competition
  • Locarno – Film deglie Jury – Special screening
  • Haugesund, Norway – Competition
  • Salé – Women’s IFF, Marocco – Special Jury Prize
  • Bergen, Norway – Panorama
  • Dominican Republic & Puerto Rico – Competition
  • BFI London, DARE section
  • Festival Nouveau Cinéma, Québec
  • Busan FF – Asian Premiere – Flash Forward
  • Arts Cinema Mongolia – UlaanBaatar FF
  • Riga FF, Competition
  • Chicago FF – US Premiere –  New Director’s Competition
  • Sao Paulo FF- Brazil – New Director’s Competition
  • Molodist Kiev Ukraine – Competition
  • Thessaloniki IFF – Open Horizons
  • Braunschweig IFF – Competition
  • Inverness FF, Scotland
  • CineCity Brighton, UK
  • Cork, Ireland
  • Goa IFF, Competition
  • Singapore IFF, Asian Vision
  • Dubai IFF, Panorama
  • Israel Cinematheque – Directors’Fortnight replay
  • IFFR Rotterdam 2017 – Limelight
  • MOMA Doc USA – Fortnight
  • Kosmorama, Trondheim, Norway
  • KinoPavasaris-Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Istanbul IFF, Turkey
  • Hong Kong- Global Vision, HK
  • Minneapolis, USA
  • Fajr, Iran Best Asian Director
  • Toronto, IFFSA
  • Sydney, Australia – Competition
  • Taiwan FF, Taipei
  • Lessinia Film Festival,Italy –  Jury Prize
  • Transbaikaia FF , Russia –  Young Professional Prize
  • Oz Asia Film Festival, Australia
  • Camberra FF, Australia
  • Casa Asia FF , Spain
  • Days of Cinema, Palestine
  • Carthage FF, Tunisia (2017)
  • Dublin Feminist FF, Ireland (2017)

Press Quotes

“Absorbing” ; “Fantasmagoric storytelling” – The Hollywood Reporter (David Rooney)

“…mixes naturalistic, ethnographic images with a thred of folkloric magical realism” – Variety (Alissa Simon)

“simple but sincere, respectful and heartfelt and marks the arrival of a promising new talent” – Screen (Allan Hunter)

“An unforgetttable piece of atmosphere” – Roger Ebert (Nick Allen)