I Was Worth 50 Sheep / Jag var värd 50 lamm

The Afghani girl Sabere was ten years old when she was sold to an abusive 55-year-old Taliban member. Now she is sixteen and is being helped by a Women’s shelter to fight for her freedom. But her eleven year old half-sister Farzaneh is now at risk, as the family has decided to sell her to pay off their debts. Once the price of 50 sheep will be fully paid, the buyer will come to claim Farzaneh.



Country of Production

Year of Production

HDCam, Digi Beta Pal, Beta SP Pal

52 / 58 / 72 min

Nima Sarvestani

Nima Film in co-production with ITVS, SVT, NHK, NRK, DR, Knowledge, TVO

Original Language
Pashtoo, Dari


Festivals / Awards

IDFA 2010 (Reflecting Images – Panorama)
Göteborg IFF 2011 (Dragon Award for Best Swedish Documentary)
One World HRFF Prague 2011
Tempo IDF Stockholm 2011
Thessaloniki IDF 2011
Ljubljana IDF 2011 (Award for Best Film)
Human Rights and Arts FF Melbourne 2011 (Best Submission Award)
London IDF 2011 (Special Mention in the category Best Film)
Sole Luna Festival Palermo 2011 (Prize for the Best Long Documentary of the section "Through the land" )
Golden Apricot IFF Yerewan 2011
One Country One Film Festival Apchat 2011 (Le Prix du Public)
Tri Continental FF Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria 2011
DOCSDF Mexico 2011, Mexico
Asian Pacific Screen Award 2011 for Best Documentary Feature Film