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

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


Atiq 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]


  • 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.


  1. ^ a b "Interview: Atiq Rahimi on language and expression in Afghanistan". Financial Times. 
  2. ^ Academie Goncourt and Dave Itzkoff, "Afghan Author Wins French Literary Prize," The New York Times, November 10, 2008.
  3. ^ "Moby Media Group". mobygroup.com. 
  4. ^ "TOLO TV". TOLO TV. 
  5. ^ "ARMAN FM 98.1". arman.fm. 
  6. ^ "kaboora.com - Home". kaboora.com. 
  7. ^ Barbud Music Team. "Barbud Music - Coming soon...". barbudmusic.com. 
  8. ^ "lemar.tv - Home". lemar.tv. 
  9. ^ "Afghan Scene ISSUE 126 I January 2015". afghanscene.com. 
  10. ^ "Seoul International Drama Awards". seouldrama.org. 
  11. ^ "Oscars: The Patience Stone chosen to be the Afghan entry!". Le Pacte. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 

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Le Monde

Le Monde
Wed, 04 Nov 2015 05:52:41 -0800

Et l'on devine qu'Atiq Rahimi lui-même ne tient pas à trancher. Car le calame, ce roseau taillé pour l'écriture, erre et danse dans ce livre, en dépit de la main qui le tient. De l'exil du jeune Afghan, il y a plus de trente ans, à ses callimorphies d ...
Francetv info
Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:11:12 -0700

L'auteur franco-afghan Atiq RAHIMI a fui son pays en guerre en 1985. Nous évoquerons son tout dernier ouvrage, La Ballade du Calame : Portrait intime, éd. Iconoclaste, dans lequel Atiq RAHIMI retrace le parcours de sa vie avec pour fil conducteur le ...


Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:20:33 -0700

EXCLUSIVE: Golshifteh Farahani, Louis Garrel and Pierre Niney are attached to star in Atiq Rahimi's Ports Of Call. The project is an adaptation of Amin Maalouf's bestselling novel about two ill-starred lovers who meet in Paris during World War II ...

Tageblatt online

Tageblatt online
Tue, 03 Nov 2015 03:59:06 -0800

... la chute de Rome" (Actes Sud) 2011: Alexis Jenni: "L'Art français de la guerre" (Gallimard) 2010: Michel Houellebecq: "La Carte et le Territoire" (Flammarion) 2009: Marie NDiaye: "Trois femmes puissantes" (Gallimard) 2008: Atiq Rahimi: "Syngué sabour.
Huffington Post UK
Mon, 02 Nov 2015 05:59:09 -0800

... Iman Humaydan, president of Lebanese PEN who lives part of the time in Paris; South Korean born Anna Kim; The British-Sudanese writer Jamal Mahjoub; French Afghan writer and filmmaker Atiq Rahimi; and Najem Wali, an Iraqi writer living in Germany.


Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:45:00 -0800

La giuria internazionale presieduta da Alberto Barbera e composta dalla cineasta messicana Paula Astorga, il produttore argentino Benjamin Domenech, lo scrittore/regista franco-afgano Atiq Rahimi e la regista/sceneggiatrice belga Fien Troch, ha ...

Quotidiano Piemontese

Quotidiano Piemontese
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 02:07:30 -0800

... Zama di Lucrecia Martel, in produzione); lo scrittore e regista Atiq Rahimi (Afghanistan/Francia, Premio Goncourt 2008); la regista/sceneggiatrice e TFL Alumna Fien Troch (Belgio), ha assegnato 5 TFL World Production Awards (per un totale di €270 ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Sat, 24 Aug 2013 05:00:27 -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 ...

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