Melting Dreams

Melting Dreams

AJB Screening

Haidy Kancler

In Bamyan, Afghanistan, Zakia (25), Fatima (21) and Fariba (16) dream of becoming professional skiers and representing Afghanistan at the Olympic Games. When their European ski trainer Ana (30) announces they can go to Europe to train extensively and become licensed ski instructors, they seem one step closer to chieving their dreams. The girls prepare for their trip, dedicating all their efforts to it for two years. But when they finally arrive in Europe, they immediately face insurmountable cultural differences and the harsh standards of European professional sports. Grappling with disillusionment, the girls are tempted with alternatives including illegally fleeing to Germany. What begins as an opportunity to follow their dreams turns into an unpredictable and emotional rollercoaster with high-stakes consequences.

Producer: Boštjan Virc

DOP: Heini Mäntylä 

Editors: Matthias Gugler, Haidy Kancler 

Music: Victor Gangl 

Sound Design: Samo Jurca, Julij Zornik 

Production Company: Studio Virc