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Sunday, October 26 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Dr. Sarmast's Music School

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Polly Watkins and Beth Frey

2012 | 97 minutes | Australia, Afghanistan

New York Theatrical Premiere | Director in Attendance

Is there a place for art in a conflict zone? Dr. Sarmast’s Music School tells the remarkable story of Afghanistan’s first National Institute of Music (ANIM), established into a creative vacuum in 2009, eight years after the Taliban was toppled from power. In a country where no orchestra was capable of playing the national anthem, the road is long and bumpy, but over two years ANIM and its implacable leader Ahmad Sarmast chip away at their dream of a safe space filled with fine instruments and aspiring musicians. Occasional interjections by choppers overhead serve as a reminder that this newfound creativity must be nurtured with great care, as the school’s 150 pupils persevere and—through music—find their lives transformed.


Sunday October 26, 2014 4:00pm - 6:00pm
People Center

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