Laila at the Bridge


TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 Mon, Apr 30, 2018 6:30 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre Tue, May 1, 2018 10:30 AM
Scotiabank Theatre 7 Fri, May 4, 2018 8:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:The Good Fight
Film Subjects:Activism
Health, Mental Health & Addition
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Elizabeth Mirzaei
Gulistan Mirzaei
Producer(s):Ina Fichman
Editor(s):Andrea Henriquez
Cinematography:Elizabeth Mirzaei
Composer:Jessica Moss


Laila Haidari is one self-described badass Afghan woman. She has to be when her work takes her deep beneath Kabul Bridge, to a place where Afghan women and men come to shoot up heroin and forget the hardships of their lives. Laila has made it her mission to provide much-needed treatment and housing to those willing to leave that life behind. To finance her work, she runs a restaurant that employs recovering addicts who live in her treatment facilities. Facing imminent bankruptcy, laughably inept government officials and even a death threat, her resolve to help those who cannot help themselves is tested time and again. As inspiring as it is heartbreaking, Laila at the Bridge honours a fierce woman and tireless protector in a country struggling with a massive epidemic. Aisha Jamal

Additional Information

Toronto Star - 3 Stars

In the Seats - 3 Stars

POV - "Is there really a Dali word for "bad-ass"? If so, Laila must be the embodiment of it."

blogTO - "Laila At The Bridge - North American Premiere at Hot Docs"

IDA - "20 IDA-supported Films Screening at Hot Docs"

Original Cin - "Hot Docs: What to see during sprawling (and way cool) Documentary Festival."