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Atiq Rahimi
Atiq Rahimi.jpg
Atiq Rahimi in 2009
Born (1962-02-26) February 26, 1962 (age 53)
Kabul
Occupation Senior Creative Advisor, Writer, Photographer and Film Director, Senior Creative Advisor, Moby Media Group
Website
www.tolo.tv

Atiq Rahimi (born 26 February 1962 in Kabul) is a French-Afghan writer and filmmaker.

Life[edit]

Attic Rahimi was born in 1962 in Kabul to a senior public servant and attended high school in Lycée Esteqlal. Following the Soviet invasion, Rahimi fled Afghanistan, taking refuge in Pakistan for a year and then relocating to France in 1985[1] after receiving political asylum.

On completion of his studies at the Sorbonne, Rahimi joined a Paris-based production company where he produced seven documentaries for French television, as well as several commercials.

Taking time off in the late 1990s, Rahimi embarked on his first writing project. His 2000 Dari/Persian book, Earth and Ashes, was an instant bestseller in Europe and South America. A movie based on this book, directed by Rahimi, was awarded the Prix du Regard vers l'Avenir at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. The film was featured in 50 festivals, winning a total of 25 awards including the one at Cannes and a Golden Dhow award for best feature film at the Zanzibar International Film Festival.

After the fall of the Taliban, Rahimi returned to his native Afghanistan in 2002, after 17 years of exile, and used a 150-year-old box camera to take pictures of Kabul. Six of these photographs were later purchased by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.[1]

In November 2008, Rahimi won France's most prestigious literary prize, the 105-year-old Prix Goncourt,[2] for Syngue Sabour. Described as "sober and alive" by French culture minister Christine Albanel, it was translated into English as The Patience Stone. Rahimi’s fourth book and his first in French, the novel tells the story of a woman whose husband has been wounded in battle in a country resembling Afghanistan and now lies as paralysed as a stone.

Upon his return to Afghanistan in 2002, Rahimi became involved with the nation’s largest media group, Moby Group,[3] as a senior creative advisor. The group, established by brothers Saad Mohseni, Zaid Mohseni and Jahid Mohseni, owns Tolo TV,[4] Arman FM,[5] Kaboora Production,[6] Barbud Music,[7] Lemar TV,[8] Afghan Scene Magazine,[9] and a host of other media related entities. Rahimi, who divides his time between Kabul and Paris, continues to work closely with the Moby Group in developing programs and genres for its media outlets, as well as helping develop and train a new generation of Afghan filmmakers and directors.

Rahimi created and developed Tolo TV’s "Raz ha een Khana" (Secrets of this House), Afghanistan’s first soap opera. The hugely popular "Secrets of this House" took the Special Award at the Seoul Drama Awards[10] in October 2008.

Rahimi directed a 2012 film adaptation of "Syngué Sabour" or The Patience Stone from a screenplay he co-authored with Jean-Claude Carrière. The film, starring Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani, was selected as the Afghan entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but was not nominated.[11]

Works[edit]

  • In Persian:
  1. Terre et cendres (Khâkestar-o-khâk), 2000.
  2. Les Mille Maisons du rêve et de la terreur, 2002.
  3. Le Retour imaginaire, 2005.
  • In French:
  1. Syngué Sabour. Pierre de patience, 2008.
  2. Maudit soit Dostoïevksi, 2011.
  • In English:
  1. Earth and Ashes, 2003.
  2. A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear, 2007.
  3. Stone of Patience / The Patience Stone, 2012.
  4. A Curse on Dostoevsky, 2013.

References[edit]

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Les Échos

France Inter
Fri, 22 May 2015 17:22:30 -0700

Et dans le « matin du départ », j'ai le grand plaisir de recevoir un étonnant voyageur : Atiq Rahimi, l'un des invités du festival, auteur et cinéaste franco-afghan. Il est dans "le matin du départ" pour dévoiler sa géographie personnelle. On passera ...

Deadline

Deadline
Sun, 17 May 2015 23:01:00 -0700

He has exec produced Atiq Rahimi's The Patience Stone, Elia Suleiman's The Time That Remains and Mira Nair's The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Corniche also produced feature docus We Are The Giant, and 20,000 Days on Earth, featuring Nick Cave.

Bustle

Bustle
Fri, 15 May 2015 20:45:00 -0700

Atiq Rahimi's novels do some pretty cool things, like when Earth and Ashes tells the entire story using the second person “you” to put the reader right into the narrative. Like his more popular contemporary Khaled Hosseini, Rahimi writes often about ...
 
Financial Times
Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:14:56 -0800

Language is a precious thing for writer and film-maker Atiq Rahimi, the bearer of Afghan and French passports: witness the process he followed to adapt his 2008 novel Syngué Sabour, translated into English as The Patience Stone, for the screen. After ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Sat, 24 Aug 2013 05:00:00 -0700

As its title suggests, A Curse on Dostoevsky puts itself in conversation with the great Russian writer, and specifically with Crime and Punishment. Instead of St Petersburg, the action unfolds in Kabul. (Atiq Rahimi was born in Kabul, but divides his ...

S'informer en temps réel

S'informer en temps réel
Tue, 26 May 2015 14:56:15 -0700

... le Nigérian Ben Okri, l'Algérien Mounsi, le Mozambicain Mia Couto, l'albanais Ismaël Kadaré, l'Afghan Atiq Rahimi, le Saoudien Aboudehmane, le Chilien Luis Sepulveda, vous aurez l'impression qu'un jeune imberbe discute avec Cicéron ou Démosthène.

Pure People

Pure People
Mon, 25 May 2015 08:00:00 -0700

Alors que la jolie Franco-Marocaine de 35 ans vient de sortir son nouveau roman, intitulé Bilquiss, le prix Goncourt 2008 Atiq Rahimi est parti à sa rencontre pour une interview parue ce lundi dans le Vogue Paris. Un entretien dans lequel la superbe ...

France Inter

France Inter
Sat, 23 May 2015 15:41:15 -0700

Atiq Rahimi est notre guide, cette semaine pour le voyage du "matin du départ" : Cinéaste et romancier franco-afghan, Prix Goncourt 2008 pour « Syngué Sabour, pierre de patience », publié chez POL. Il est aussi l'auteur de « Maudit soit Dostoïevski ...
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