Havertown Filmmaker’s Kabul Love Story Nominated for an Oscar

Scene from "Three Songs for Benzair".
Image via abc11.
Scene from "Three Songs for Benzair".

 “Three Songs for Benzair,” a film by Havertown native Elizabeth Mirzaei and her Afghan-born husband Gulistan, has been nominated for an Oscar in the “Documentary Short Subject” category.

The film is a love story that takes place in a camp for displaced people in Kabul, writes Alicia Vitarelli for abc11.

“This was something that really just pulled us in to capture this love story of a couple with so little in the world, but the world in their hearts,” Elizabeth said.

The Oscar-nominated film features Shaista and Benazir, a couple trying to start a family in a time of war.

Mirzaei and Gulistan met the couple while on their own path toward marriage. 

The filmmakers worked in Afghanistan as creative colleagues and friends for four years before deciding to get married.

Filmmakers Elizabeth Mirzaei and husband, Gulistan

Along the way, they met Shaista and Benazir.

“There was something so remarkable between them that we felt was really unusual, we hadn’t seen it before,” Elizabeth said. “It really just drowned out the war that was happening on the outside. There was just this intimacy, and the beauty and the joy and the humor that happens behind closed doors.”

The 94th Oscars will be broadcast live on ABC this Sunday.

Read more at abc11 about “Three Songs for Benzair.”

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