Sahraa Karimi was born in 1984. She immigrated to the Slovak Republic when she was 17 years old where she lived until the age of 28. In 2012, she returned to Kabul and currently lives and works in Kabul. Sahraa Karimi has received her PhD degree in the field of Cinema (Fiction Film Directing & Screenwriting) from the Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Film and TV Faculty in Bratislava, Slovakia (FTF- VSMU). She is the first and only woman from Afghanistan to have received a PhD degree in the field of Cinema. She is also the only Afghan film-maker who is an active member of Slovak Film and TV Academy. She has about 30 short fictions and documentary films in her
filmography, which she made during her study in FAMU & VSMU from 2002- 2012. Her new documentary film “Parlika, A Woman in the Land of Men” will have its home premier in One World Film festival in Bratislava, Slovakia in October 2016. She is now working on her feature film project ‘A Pianist from Kabul’.