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World Poetry Presents the Award Winning Filmmaker Sharif Saedi !

Ariadne’s notes: Due to the tremendous workload during the Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace , Film and Human Rights Festival during October 2014, we were not able to acknowledge the wonderful films and contributions of award winners.  Therefore we will  begin to do so now and  add updated statements and photos.


Award winning filmmaker and director Sharif Saedi is also a World Poetry Canada International Director who is working on creating an theatre and cinema organization for girls and boys in Herat, Afghanistan.  He is helping to create a empowered world for youth who need our support and caring.

I am Sharif Ahmad Saedi, an Afghan journalist and documentary film maker. I spent my childhood and adolescence in a village in the west of Herat; western province of Afghanistan. My childhood and teenage years passed under Mujahidin and the Taliban and during the Afghan civil war.

Along with learning English and computer, I finished sixth and seventh grade at Salahuddin Saljooqi High School in Herat province. I finally graduated from Enqelab High School in Herat province in 2006.  


Since the beginning of my teenage years, I have been interested in art and literature. After passing the public universities’ entrance test (Kankor), i got admitted into Herat University Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communications. I graduated from Herat University in 2011. Parallel to my university years, I worked for some local media including. This made me interested in photography and documentary film making.


(Month long display at Irving Barber Learning Centre, UBC Library. Vancouver, BC. Poster of film  award winning film Life in Thirst far left. 24 hour video film screen on right)

I have made few documentaries and short films that have been warmly welcomed by the local film critics. “City Rhythm, Silence, Mechanical Eye, For My City, Silk, Life in Thirst” are some of my works that brought me some remarkable local and international awards.


As a young documentary-film maker, I am a fanatic of film making and have ambitious long-term career goals. Along with being a journalist, I wish to portray my people’s hardship and difficulties through my documentaries. I believe I have a long way ahead of me in my career as a photographer and documentary maker, and I am strongly committed to advancing in my professional career.”

Director’s Statement:
“The first step of my career started with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, and a bunch of students whose passion for learning motivated me to build more on my math proficiency. Later, I continued my life journey with a microphone and a sound recorder that were my friends when I was reporting from the most fatal blast scenes in Afghanistan. University education set the stage for me to walk into the world of journalism and mass media, which opened my eyes to the world significantly. These experiences taught me one important thing. People can be the product of what they choose to be, not necessarily the average outcome of what society imposes on them.

Like many other Afghan kids, my school years passed under the Taliban and with many educational and security obstacles; however, my family helped me turn my school years to the most fruitful years of my education. I started my education with a turban on my head. I still remember how long it was. Exactly 3.5 meters! It was black as the sign of oppression by Taliban. I also worked part time in my Father’s shop to afford my English course tuition.

My admission in the Journalism and Mass Communications Faculty of Herat University was a new chapter in my educational background. I spent four years in this Faculty, where I learned fundamentals of journalism and news reporting that later enabled me to find my interest in photography and documentary film making. Parallel to that, I worked for three local radio stations as a young journalist. In the course of my career as a journalist, I prepared many news reports from bomb blast and crime scenes and press conferences.  Doing news reporting, I learned how to conquer my personal prejudices and reflect the realities as they were. When my voice went on air for thousands of listeners, I felt psychological pressure and stressful moments. I earned a stronger self-confidence out of all those hectic moments.

Higher education is the key to the reconstruction of Afghanistan, where students face countless number of difficulties to get an education. Through the course of my education, I have also confronted many serious obstacles including financial and security issues, but I never lost my persistence and hard work. After decades of civil war that caused Afghanistan’s infrastructures to demolish extensively, the country is now in desperate need for human capital and effective leadership.

After I graduated from Herat University Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communications, I felt a social responsibility that was directed toward me. That was playing the role of an honest eye and ear of the society where I lived. I saw, heard and felt the everyday realities of the Afghan society with an open mind. I was not only witnessed the realities of the society, I also recorded them and later portrayed them in the form of documentary films. As a young documentary-film maker, i am a fanatic of film making and have ambitious long-term career goals. Along with being a journalist, I wish to portray my people’s hardship and difficulties through my documentaries. I believe I have a long way ahead of me in my career as a photographer and documentary maker, and I am strongly committed to advancing in my professional career.

 Afghanistan is in a situation of transition. Everything is happening rapidly. I, as a young journalist and documentary film maker, was determined to share the facts and realities of life in Afghanistan with the rest of the world. This will help me do my patriotic responsibility because I would be able to help keep Afghanistan at the center of attention. This will help Afghanistan stay as a peaceful member of the international community.”





The Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival!

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The Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival Proudly announces the Empowered Award Winners.

We had over 300 nominations come in, some even six months early. We wish we could honour all of you.

Each nominee was nominated by at least two people, in some cases much more. A check was made as to background, good heart,abilities and the quest for peace. The Empowerment awards are based on these qualities.

This year, the age range is from 12-100!

An award will be given to those that can attend during the month of October, for those who cannot come due to Visas or other reasons, a certificate will be sent to you by e-mail. In past festivals, awards were sent out, but most never reached their destinations. If there is a name or country error, please let us  know.

This list will be going on site and when time permits, a brief bio, photo and a poem or writing will be put on site.

The festival is coming together, created by many hours of volunteer work for peace. We are have launched a Crowd Funding site to pay for some of the costs, rather than have it come out of pocket. For more information: Go to  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fourth-world-poetry-peace-festival/x/8284778 and join the team to create empowerment and peace!!This is your festival too and the waves of peace coming from it will circle the world!You can also contribute by becoming a peace connector volunteer and helping out in the festival. Contact: ariadnes@uniserve.com or astarte_sita@yahoo.com

All the best to you and keep up the good work. Peace and the world needs you!

World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival Award Winners!

World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award: Carol Knepper, Canada.

World Poetry Unsung Hero Award: Mobin Saberi, Canada.

World Poetry Cultural Ambassador   Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah, Ghana.

World Poetry Music Ambassador Yoshifumi Sakura, Japan.

World Poetry Cultural Ambassador: Mutiu Olawuyi, Gambia.

World Poetry Theatre Ambassador: Oswald Okaitei. Ghana

World Poetry Youth Peace Ambassador: Timileyin Olajuwon, Nigeria.

World Poetry Empowered Poets:

Janet Kvammen, Canada

Elaine Woo, Canada

Honey Novick, Canada

Una Bruhns, Canada

Lini Grol, Canada

Anviksha Srivastava. India & USA.

Corazon Wong Canda, Japan.

Carolyn Mary Kleefeld, USA.

Helen Bar- Lev, Israel

Mamta Agarwal, India

Peter Thabit Jones, Wales

Stanley Barkan, USA

Adisa AJA Andwele, USA.

Samay Hamed, Afghanistan.

Lidia  Chiarelli,  Italy.  

 Murray Kion. Netherlands

Empowered Musician:

Enrico Renz, Canada.

World Poetry Empowered Graphic Artist:

Sainabou Baldeh, The Gambia.

Empowered Filmmakers

Kagan Goh, Canada.

Mary Fowles, Canada.

Rahmat Haidari, Afghanistan.

Ghafar Faizyar, Afghanistan.

Akshat Ajay Sharma, India.

Sharif Saedi, Afghanistan.

*** Three filmmakers from our new partner, Vancouver Asian Film Festival will be joining us as soon as they are selected


World Poetry Proudly Presents Award Winner Neamat Haidari From Afghanistan!

WP Award Winner!

World Poetry is honoured to present the talented poet, photographer and filmmaker Neamat Haidari with a Empowered Filmmaker Award for his talent and quest for peace. He is a fine example of the Afghan youth who work tirelessly to present an alternative persceptive on Afghanistan, one of talent, culture and abilities. World Poetry also works to present positive images and support of this country that has been through so much.

Neamat writes: “Hi Ms. Ariadne Sawyer and World Poetry,
I want to cut down on my words and say: peace is the shine of first daylight which precedes the glow of prosperity.

I am really thankful to you for providing the chance to the youth generation by launching such momentous festivals which give them the opportunity to reveal and display their talents through poems and pictures.

I do not actually have the ability to thank you in a way that you deserve. This occasion has really encouraged me to put more tenacious steps towards my peace goal for the world especially for my hometown Afghanistan.

Thanks NH”

Brief Film Bio of the Afghan Filmmaker and director Nematullah Haidari.
Nematullah Haidari was born in Afghanistan Kabul 1981, He graduated from high school in Iran Tehran, now he is studying political science at Mashal Institute for higher education.

He writes: “The civil wars in Afghanistan and the Russia invasion made us leave the country but fortunately after the 11 September,  when there was more consistent peace  in the country, we returned back home with  big expectations.”

Brief Film Bio of the Afghan Filmmaker and director Nematullah Haidari.

Nematullah Haidari was born in Afghanistan Kabul 1981, He graduated from high school in Iran Tehran, now he is studying political science at Mashal Institute for higher education.

 The civil wars in Afghanistan and the Russia invasion made us leave the country but fortunately after the 11 September,  when there was more consistent peace  in the country, they returned back home with a big expectations.

His interest in the media lead him toward starting a new career with http://www.tolo.tv/  in the year 2004 as Director and Producer – Camera man and  Editor the popular program in Afghanistan Mehaman e yaar and Afghan Star,You can watch this link:

Afghan Star : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbYIU4fDcAc

Mehman e Yaar : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48uepgCewjQ&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PLA3F595CCE24B7B21

and by establishing the Apple Media Production he kept contact with BBC, CNN, Fox News and worked as a freelance journalist with them  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKH_-ZFDZyc&feature=relmfu , in the year 2007 he was assigned as Production Manager in  http://arianatelevision.com/  (ATN) also created some Programs food for this TV

Golden Chef Afghanistan ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LF8kWMcLaCo&feature=relmfu  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMVicCNO8sI

Home ATN Bakery : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyyXWijodeQ

Garage ATN Coming Soon : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFfKMsOBf3c

Also he made some documentary films for Festivals in Afghanistan and performed in TVs :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIm4r8Msn_o



He received a World Poetry Peace  Empowered Afghan Producer and Filmmaker Award in 2012 at the World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival in Richmond, BC, Canada.

In addition, Neamat’s photos and poem were featured in the World Poetry Poetic Necklace Display at UBC and at Richmond.

 Hey people!  

Hey people I hope
Life doesn’t end from the earth

The blossoms of hope
Not to fade again

Hey people! Give a peace dove
To the fight monger

Give reconciliation and peace story
As a ransom instead of weapon

Hey people! Our grievances are these
War, smoke, weapon and mortar

The suicide, blast, youth’s death
Made everyone sorrowful

Hey people! Look at the children
What are their sins?

To be killed everyday
Were they warmonger’s partisan?

Hey people! You know that:
War means devastation

Peace means prosperity
Life with weapon is destruction

Hey people you better know that
War doesn’t end to unity

War causes destruction and dissension
There is not limited ways towards peace

Hey people! Why shall we burn
Our land and space with war

How long shall we sink in the blood ocean
How long shall we listen to the blasts

Hey people! The mothers cry
On the corpses of their sons

Look at their grief stricken features
How long shall they be tearing

Hey people! Believe in peace
Peace is the route to prosperity

Peace is our success bird
War is destruction and misery

Hey people! What is peace, peace?
Peace is unity and prosperity

Peace is our life our future
Peace is our religion our worship

Neamat Haidari   @ 2012


Kabul- Afganistan


WP Award Winner