"The Patience Stone" won Best Film in The Eurasia Film Festival, Best Picture in the Abu Dubai Film Festival, and was the Official Selection in the Toronto International Film Festival (2012), Tribeca Film Festival(2013), and Los Angeles Film Festival (2013).
Amanda Alexandria: How has "The Patience Stone" been received by the film community in Afghanistan and in the Middle East?
Atiq Rahimi: We have had a warm reception. "The Patience Stone" was the official selection for Best Foreign Film in Afghanistan, we won Best Picture and Best Actress in the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. "The Patience Stone" won the Film Award of the Council of Europe in Istanbul Turkey."
Amanda Alexandria: Congratulations on such outstanding successes! Have you always been active in women's rights?
Atiq Rahimi: I respect my mother and sisters... Yes, I am always interested in helping women. I care about women's rights ... I care about human rights. My last film was created to help a disabled man. I am to help all people.
Amanda Alexandria: It is refreshing to see women in the Middle East portrayed in such an empowering light...
Atiq Rahimi: Like men, women are people . We become overly concious of the stereotypes of women in the Middle East. Middle Eastern women have desires, and passion, and educations just like men. Women have dreams, vision heart and soul as well!
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