Chabname Zariab was born in Afghanistan, and left for southern France with her parents when she was 7.
After being noticed as the Ile-de-France winner of a young screenwriter challenge organised by the Cannes Film festival, she wrote her first screenplay, ETAT SECOND. Later, she wrote, directed and auto-produced JE PASSE, a documentary which obtained the public prize at the One Country One Film Festival and was selected in the Anasy Documentary Awards in Abu Dhabi.Her first novel, LE PIANISTE AFGHAN ("the Afghan Pianist", éditions de l'Aube) won the special jury prize at the Salon du premier Roman de Draveil, is selected in the prestigious Salon du Roman of Chambéry, and won several other prizes.AU BRUIT DES CLOCHETTES is her first fiction short.She is now working on her next novel and is developing her first feature, LES AMBITIEUSES.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
In Afghanistan, the "batchas" are young male prostitutes who live under the protection of a master in their house where they are trained to dance dressed as a girl for a men's audience.AUX BRUITS DES CLOCHETTES tells the story of one of them, Saman, who starts worrying when he sees the new recruit, a boy named Bijane who has been chosen to replace him. Even if he is jealous of this boy, who could steal the feelings and protection of his master Farroukhzad, he has to initiate and teach him the art of the Batcha dancing.