BASA Film, the Afghanistan Cinema Club started its activities under the name of CACA-KABUL at the beginning of the Transitional Government, and has been doing its best to promote cultural development in Afghan society. BASA tries to open new ways to support individual artists and filmmakers for a better environment to create modern, quality art and cultural products. In March 2008 CACA Kabul changed its name to BASA (Bashgahe Cinema), meaning Afghanistan Cinema Club. BASA is registered with the Ministry of Information and Culture and AISA. In February 2010, BASA (Bashgahe Cinema), which translates into Afghanistan Cinema Club, became an official member of IFFS (International Federation of Film Societies).

BASA co/produces documentary and narrative films, launches film training courses, organizes public screenings for special audiences, supports foreign production teams inside Afghanistan, encourages and supports women's handicrafts, sends artist's works to international festivals, and organizes large cultural events such as film festivals in Kabul city.

Film projects produced by BASA have been internationally screened and received awards in many prestigious film festivals around the world. Among other projects, the documentaries Pamir Territory (2003), Drought in Hazarajat (2003), and The End of the Earth (2001) are internationally awarded films. The most recent BASA production is 25 Percent (2007), a documentary film on female members of the Afghan parliament and their difficulties and struggles gaining recognition and women rights and freedom in the male-dominant environment of the Afghan Parliament. This movie was screened for members of the British, Norwegian and Swedish parliaments.

BASA has more to its credit:

  • Organized the second and third “Kabul International Film Festival” 2006-2007
  • Organized the first round of “Second Take International Film Festival” 2008
  • Organizing the first round of “Kabul Human Rights Film Festival” 2011
  • Publishing the artistic magazine titled “Theme”
  • Organizing/ conducting training workshops on documentary film making and photography.


AHRF will be organized by the Afghanistan Cinema Club. The team consists of five Directors on Board and 30 executive and operational members. The AHRF team has a wide-range of experience in organizing festivals and workshops on human rights for the last two years.

A Selection Committee and an International Jury Committee will be formed for this festival.

Director of the festival Malek Shafi’i
Festival Coordinator Diana Saqeb
Media Manager Hassan Zakizadeh