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Jamaluddin Aram is a documentary filmmaker, producer, and short story writer from Kabul, Afghanistan. He is the associate producer of the Academy Award-nominated film Buzkashi Boys, and his documentaries My Teacher Is a Shopkeeper and Unbelievable Journey have been screened in Afghanistan and around the world. Aram's short stories have appeared in Numero Cinq and Blood and Bourbon literary magazines; his story “On The Hill The Graves” placed third in the fiction category in the Summer Literary Seminar Georgia 2019 literary competition. Aram has a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Union College in Schenectady, New York. He lives in Toronto.

Aram's working manuscript, “On the Hill the Graves,” is a collection of eight interconnected stories set in a small, impoverished neighborhood in Kabul, Afghanistan, between 1989 and 1995. To make sense of life and the brutalities of an ongoing civil war, characters turn to superstition, myths, dreams, gossip and in the case of Khoja, the bonesetter and herbalist, reciting classic Persian poetry to his cat in the cool darkness of his shop.

Program History


Writers’ Trust Mentorship