ZAHIR is a feature documentary film which explores the extraordinary life and legacy of Ahmad Zahir through the eyes of his only daughter, Shabnam.
Ahmad Zahir came to the stage in a time when women in Kabul wore mini-skirts, foreigners flocked to Afghanistan on the “hippie trail,” and progressive change swept the country. Ahmad Zahir rocketed to stardom in the 60s and 70s, his voice capturing the soul of an entire generation.
Shabnam will undertake a personal quest to understand the legacy of the father she never knew and solve the mystery of his death. She will unveil Afghanistan’s lost “Golden Age” that Ahmad Zahir’s music still recalls for Afghans across the world. In doing so, she will challenge her perceptions of a country that was plunged into 40 years of war mere months after he was murdered.