Sharofat Arabova is a filmmaker based in Tajikistan, with degrees in Cultural Studies from Russian-Tajik (Slavic) University, and Film Direction from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII, Pune). Currently she heads the Creative Union of Young Filmmakers at the State Tajikfilm Studio in Dushanbe. She was on the NETPAC juries at the Moscow International Film Festival and Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in 2015. Her short film IN Between (2013) won the Grand Prix at the ‘Kyrgyzstan – Land of Short Films’ International Film Festival of CIS Countries, the Baltic States and Georgia in 2013. Her debut feature, Tasfiya (2014), received the Tajik Film Experts and Critics Award at the International Film Festival DIDOR 2014, and has been screened at several other festivals. She holds a PhD and has published two monographs on the history of Tajik cinema.
Marudhar Arts is a production company based in Pune, India, and formed by Pushpendra Singh; a filmmaker who brings with him experience not only of producing films but also directing, acting, scripting and casting.
Marudhar Arts produced Lajwanti (aka. The Honour Keeper, Pushpendra Singh, 2014), which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2014, and has since screened at many film festivals across the globe. The company’s latest production, documentary Shifting Lines of the Desert, was announced as one of the winners of the prestigious Asian Network of Documentary (AND) Fund from the Asian Cinema Fund at Busan International Film Festival. It is currently under production and is slated to be finished in 2017. Marudhar Arts' next production is Tajik film Parvona, by Sharofat Arabova, whose short films made at the Film & Television Institute of India in Pune are widely appreciated both in India and abroad.
Parvona discovers that she is pregnant and alone after her Afghani emigrant husband, Ahmed, leaves for Canada to seek asylum. The strong desire for a new life and the need for money make her track down several lonely women who might be willing to buy and raise the child as their own. The search appears difficult when a few willing women refuse to buy the child under pressure from their husbands. Parvona has strange dreams in which she encounters Ahmed’s first wife and other women, and sees herself as them.
Nurse Nasiba helps Parvona to connect with a divorced woman, Marhabo, who is willing to adopt her baby. Parvona takes a taxi to Khujand to meet her, but finds the road blocked by mud due to heavy rains. The driver, Ayub, invites her to stay at his house in a nearby village until the road re-opens. Parvona agrees. She sees herself in a dream walking in Ayub’s house while Ayub and his wife Surayo turn into her young parents discussing her life. She also realizes herself as being Marhabo, who is waiting for her. Parvona confesses about selling the child to Surayo, who performs an old ritual in order that the spirits of female ancestors will facilitate a good life for Parvona’s baby.
When Ayub’s taxi arrives in Khujand, Parvona is shaken in her decision and hesitates to meet Marhabo.