13 minutes | United Kingdom | 2023


In Taliban controlled Afghanistan, Laili walks into a Chadari store in Kabul to buy her first full body veil from a Talib shopkeeper, and face a new future.

Director Bio:

Director: Elham Ehsas

Elham is a BAFTA-Longlisted, award winning Writer and Director of Fiction. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, he fled the Taliban and came to the UK when he was 10.

Elham makes rich ethnic-driven stories on culture, identity and home. His films tell stories that aren’t often seen on our screens – many inspired by stories from his home country as well as his experiences as a refugee.

His debut short film Our Kind of Love, about a refugee girl on a first date in London, was BAFTA long-listed in 2019 and went on to be screened at festivals around the world. It has currently been watched by more than 3.1 million viewers on YouTube.

His short film Your Hand Found Mine, made in collaboration with BFI & BAFTA Crew, premiered at the House of Lords and won Best Drama at Berlin Flash Festival.