Wolf and Sheep (2016)



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In rural Afghanistan, people believe in the stories they invent to tell each other, explaining the mysteries of the world, they don't understand. Shepherd children own the mountains. Even though there are no grown ups around, they know the rules very well; the main one is that boys and girls are not allowed to be together, they have to be separated. The boys practice with their slings to fight the wolves should they attack the flock. The girls smoke dried branches of wheat secretly and play wedding, dreaming of getting a husband soon. They gossip about every one and everything, but mostly about Sediqa, 11, an outsider among the shepherd children. They think she is cursed, as an evil ghost disguised as a snake bewitched her grandmother. Sediqa picks up her sheep and goats every morning and drops them in the owner's house every evening. She dreams of having a sling and learn to swing it like the boys and hit a wolf. Qodrat, 11, becomes the gossip topic of everyone after his mother remarries with an old man with two wives. He prefers to be alone in the most isolated parts of the mountains. This is where he meets Sediqa and they become friends until Qodrat's mother has to send him away.


Critic Reviews for Wolf and Sheep

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Although more compelling on a visual level than a narrative one, the movie represents an enticing festival and niche event item, as well as a vision of Sadat's homeland that is far different from what the media normally depicts.

May 21, 2016 | Full Review…
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Wolf and Sheep is an absorbing ethnographic docu-drama hybrid, marbled with a curious vein of phantasmagoric storytelling.

May 16, 2016 | Full Review…

Wolf and Sheep is one of those rare films that doesn't need a narrative to be compelling.

Feb 5, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Sadat's fresh perspective of Afghan society is one that's rarely viewed on screen. "Wolf and Sheep" has a disarming quality that from the moment it starts, you're not actually sure that what you're viewing is a fiction.

Jun 13, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Builds into an observant, quietly beguiling portrait of the rituals and traditions, tensions and rivalries in the community and gains a little extra spice in the sprinkling of magic realist notions that Sadat adds to the mixture.

May 22, 2016 | Full Review…

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