Bad Omen

Bad Shagun

Directed by Salar Pashtoonyar



19 min


Afghanistan Canada




Persan Afghan Farsi



Set in Kabul, Afghanistan. Pari, an in-house tailor, must find the means to purchase her prescription glasses in order to save her job.


Winner of the bronze medal in the Narrative (International Film Schools) section at Student Academy Awards .Best Live Action Short Drama winner at the Canadian Screen Awards.


Growing up as a paternal orphan in Afghanistan, I witnessed firsthand the harsh reality of surviving and providing as a widow. Too often, when a man dies, many of his wife’s rights die as well. - Salar Pashtoonyar



  • Vancouver International Film Festival • Best Canadian Short
  • South Western International Film Festival • Audience Choice Award
  • North Bay Film Festival • Student Shorts Showcase Winner
  • Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival • Runner-up


  • Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival • International Competition
  • Canadian Screen Awards | Best Live Action Short DramaBest Live Action Short Drama
  • Palm Springs International Shortfest
  • Student Academy Awards | Narrative (International Film Schools)Bronze Medal

Cast & Crew

  • Cast:Fereshta Afshar, Marwa Amini, Irfan Amini, Faruq Afghan, Mujtaba Sabbar, Shahwali Nawabi, Tamim Aqil
  • Script:Salar Pashtoonyar
  • Cinematographer:Nikolay Michaylov
  • Editor:Alexander Farah, Fjordi Spahiu
  • Sound design & mix:Christopher King
  • Music:Ustad Awalmir
  • Producer:Salar Pashtoonyar
  • Production Company:Badson Pictures

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