Laila at the Bridge
Directors: Elissa Sylvia Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei
2018, Canada, Afghanistan, 96 min
Original language: English
Subtitle language: Russian
Laila Haidari survived child marriage and her own traumatic past to battle one of the deadliest problems in Afghanistan: heroin addiction. As the «mother of the addicts», she must prevail over a crisis of addiction and a corrupt government in a country on the verge of collapse.
In a country offering almost no treatment services despite a crisis of addiction, Laila Haidari took the highly unusual decision to found her own pioneering addiction treatment center and a restaurant where all of the waiters are recovering heroin addicts.
A deeply personal perspective on the global addiction epidemic, the film follows the labor of love of one woman fighting to keep her center alive in the face of physical threats, governmental opposition and the departure of the international community from Afghanistan.