Afghanistan has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 2002, following the fall of the country's previous Taliban government. The award is handed out annually by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.[3] It was not created until the 1956 Academy Awards, in which a competitive Academy Award of Merit, known as the Best Foreign Language Film Award, was created for non-English speaking films, and has been given annually since.[4]

As of 2019, fourteen Afghan films have been submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film but none of them have been nominated for an Oscar.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1956.[4] The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Following this, they vote via secret ballot to determine the five nominees for the award.[3] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Afghanistan for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director Result
FireDancer Fire Dancer Dari, English Jawed Wassel Not nominated
Osama Osama (أسامة) Dari Siddiq Barmak Not nominated
Earth and Ashes Khakestar-o-khak Dari, Pashto Atiq Rahimi Not nominated
Opium War Opium War Dari, English Siddiq Barmak Not nominated
16 Days in Afghanistan 16 Days in Afghanistan Dari, English, Pashto Anwar Hajher Not nominated
The Black Tulip[5] The Black Tulip Dari, Pashto, English Sonia Nassery Cole Not nominated[6][7]
The Patience Stone[8] The Patience Stone Persian Atiq Rahimi Not nominated
Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)[9] Wajma (An Afghan Love Story) Dari Barmak Akram Not nominated
A Few Cubic Meters of Love[10] Chand Metre Moka'ab Eshgh Persian Jamshid Mahmoudi Not nominated
Utopia[11] آرمان شهر Persian Hassan Nazer Disqualified[12]
Parting[13] رفتن Persian, Dari Navid Mahmoudi Not on the final list[14]
A Letter to the President[15] نامه ای به رییس جمهور Dari Roya Sadat Not nominated
Rona, Azim's Mother[16] رونا مادر عظیم Persian, Dari Jamshid Mahmoudi Not nominated
Hava, Maryam, Ayesha[17] حوا، مریم، عایشه Persian, Dari Sahraa Karimi Disqualified[18]

In 2009, A British documentary filmed in Afghanistan in languages native to Afghanistan, (Afghan Star) was selected to represent the United Kingdom.

See also


  1. ^ The category was previously named the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but this was changed to the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in April 2019, after the Academy deemed the word "Foreign" to be outdated.[1][2]


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