Afghan

An afternoon surprise forces two friends to make the best of a bad situation.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Pardis Parker

Director’s statement

Pardis Parker says:

“I was living in Montreal when the terrorist attacks occurred on September 11th, 2001.

Shortly afterward a car in my neighbourhood was vandalized in the manner depicted in the film. Far from being an isolated incident, it was one of many acts of violence directed towards anyone living in the West who could conceivably have been of Middle Eastern origin.

The question I asked myself when I sat down to address the incident was, what happened next? How did the victim respond? How would I have responded?

The result is this film.

My eternal thanks goes out to everyone listed in the credits. The film wouldn’t be what it is had it not been for their involvement.”

About Pardis Parker

Pardia Parker

Pardis Parker is an award-winning director, writer, actor, and comedian.

A nominee for four Canadian Comedy Awards and a finalist for Canada’s Next Top Comic and Bite TV’sStand Up and Bite Me, he recently won British star David Baddiel’s international stand-up competition and previously became the first Canadian ever to book the CBS Diversity Showcase.

He has performed at the Hammersmith Apollo, Hollywood Laugh Factory, Hollywood Improv, Carolines on Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club, Comedy Studio, Punch Line, Jongleurs, Comedy Store, Yuk Yuk’s and many more.

His films and music videos, including Two Men, Two Cows, Two GunsAfghan, and The Dance, have screened at over 100 film festivals worldwide and received over 70 awards and nominations. His next project, a modern take on Bollywood-style musicals for Bravo!, is prepping to shoot.

In addition to his work behind the camera, Parker is a talented dramatic and comedic actor in front of it, receiving multiple Best Actor nominations for his work in Afghan. He’s next appearing in Combat Hospital on ABC, Single White Spenny and Moderation Town on Showcase, Little Mosque on the Prairieand The Dance on CBC, Really Me on The Family Channel and indie drama Snow.

Born atop one of Kandy’s peaks in the thick of Sri Lanka’s lush rainforest and transplanted at an early age to rural Nova Scotia, Parker has a unique and unusual life story. He has lived, worked, and volunteered in the Solomon Islands, Guadeloupe, and Australia, performed at Carnegie Hall, survived malaria, owned and operated an organic foods store, and been airlifted by the Royal Air Force out of heavy ethnic fighting in the middle of a military coup.

Combined with his mixed Iranian/Sri Lankan heritage, his Baha’i upbringing, and his background in computer science and psychology, this colorful mishmash of international experiences and influences gives him a fresh voice that continues to produce an unconventional body of work.

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