Director: Hasan Noori
Akbar, Soori, Mohammed and Hakim are the only young Afghan immigrants in Iran who have formed a rock band. All they ask for is the chance to play live. The Forbidden Strings shows the musical quartet struggling to make themselves be heard. As the title suggests, they face quite a few challenges. The four band members are the children of Afghan parents who fled to Iran and are unaware of the danger that returning to their homeland may pose for them. Their families are worried about them. The gang promises to stay out of trouble when they get to Kabul, but it doesn’t take long for them to realize that this is impossible.
Hasan Noori was born in Iran in 1985 to Afghan refugee parents. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in film from Tehran University. For years he has worked for NGOs fighting against child labor, mainly in the Afghan refugee community. The Forbidden String is the director’s first feature film.