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Atiq Rahimi
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Atiq Rahimi in 2009
Born (1962-02-26) February 26, 1962 (age 52)
Occupation Senior Creative Advisor, Writer, Photographer and Film Director, Senior Creative Advisor, Moby Media Group

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


He 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.[2]

In November 2008, Rahimi won France's most prestigious literary prize, the 105-year-old Prix Goncourt,[3] 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,[4] as a senior creative advisor. The group, established by brothers Saad Mohseni, Zaid Mohseni and Jahid Mohseni, owns Tolo TV,[5] Arman FM,[6] Kaboora Production,[7] Barbud Music,[8] Lemar TV,[9] Afghan Scene Magazine,[10] 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[11] 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.[12]


  • 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.
  • In English:
  1. Earth and Ashes, 2003.
  2. A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear, 2007.
  3. Stone of Patience / The Patience Stone, 2012.


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The Plain Dealer (blog)
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:15:33 -0700

There are flies on food, flies in the street, flies in a jail cell and “flies buzzing around the arsehole of a dead cow.” When Rassoul, the main character, cuts himself shaving, “A fly starts buzzing around the cuts. He waves it away. It comes back and ...
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:11:15 -0700

So what, you ask, is the connection between Russell and Atiq Rahimi's A Curse on Dostoevsky? Not comedy but absurdity. Rahimi's tale of a young murderer, named Rassoul, explores the fascinating cultural variants on Dostoevsky's dark tale of murder and ...
The Plain Dealer
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 07:14:03 -0700

Rising Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani (“Just Like a Woman”) impresses as the unhappy wife whose bitterness over their forced marriage slowly pours out. Afghan director Atiq Rahimi based this wise 2012 drama on his 2008 novel. R, 102 minutes.

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Team Locals
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:37:30 -0700

In this exquisitely shot drama, author Atiq Rahimi adapts his own novel for the screen, in collaboration with legendary French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière. A young Muslim woman living in a war-torn country finds herself immune to the violence and ...


Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0700

From the novel of the same name, co-written and directed by the book's author, Atiq Rahimi, The Patience Stone is named for a Persian folk story about a magical stone that one can confide anything to. In this case, the patience stone is the comatose ...
Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:04:45 -0700

“The Patience Stone” (2012, R, 102 min., $30.99) Atiq Rahimi co-wrote and directed this moving drama that's based on his novel of the same name. The film follows a young woman in a war-torn country watching her injured and comatose husband. Tired of ...


Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:13:54 -0700

Découvrez le palmarès complet et les photos de la soirée de clôture. Golshifteh Farahani, son sourire, son regard avaient déjà subjugué la critique au moment de Syngué Sabour d'Atiq Rahimi. Elle a cette fois séduit le jury fiction du Festival 2 ...
El Comercio (Ecuador)
Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:03:45 -0700

Nunca sabemos dónde respira un halo de luz que ilumine lo que vivimos a diario, lo que sentimos frente a la realidad, lo que ocurre alrededor de nosotros y nos desconcierta. Me acaba de suceder al leer al afgano Atiq Rahimi, exilado en Francia, donde ...

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