Interview with Screenwriter Daniel W. Smith (Arbakai)

1. What is your screenplay about?

A female teacher for a rural Afghan school for girls demands protection from a Talban attack. A lone tribal guardian, an Arbakai, learns the value of female education.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama based on current events.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It is a story that is repeated throughout history in different places and cultures about the right of women and children to an education. As you know the Taloban and other Islamist fundamentalist groups such as the Boko Haram ban girl’s education and have taken direct action to destroy schools and kill teachers and students. I also wanted to include the history of Afghan women’s rights throughout history for context to encourage them to continue to fight for this right.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Realistic yet optimistic.

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

La Strada and Casablanca

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Since 2007

7. How many stories have you written?

Seven screenplays, three hundred poems, five documentaries.

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8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

A cruel question.

Bruce Springsteen with the Sessions Band – We Shall Overcome

Ólafur Arnalds – Only The Winds

Coldplay – Everyday Life (Official Video)

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

The difficulty of revision and detecting weaknesses in the writing.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Nothing else.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

It seemed to flow ok.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I wanted to hear the script read by actors who could bring it alive. Writing is a solitary task where the imagination fills in gaps in the writing. Hearing it read reveals those problems.

Watch the Screenplay Reading:

A female teacher for a rural Afghan school for girls demands protection from a Talban attack. A lone tribal guardian, an Arbakai, learns the value of female education.

CAST LIST:

Narration: Steve Rizzo
School Teacher: Kyana Teresa
Bilqees: Hannah Ehman

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