Human Rights Watch Film Festival: My Afghanistan - Life in the Forbidden Zone

"The stories told are the Western soldiers' stories. Not the stories of the civilians."
—Nagieb Khaja

Nagieb Khaja, a Danish journalist of Afghan origin, travels to Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province in Afghanistan. Because journalists are not able to move safely outside of the capital, contact with the civilian population in rural areas is almost impossible. But Khaja has a trick up his sleeve. He gives people living in outlying communities mobile phones equipped with cameras and asks them to film their daily lives, providing a rare glimpse into the war-torn existence of ordinary Afghans.

We ride along with Hakl Sahab in his 70-year-old Jeep with no brakes, get hair-styling tips from Jurna Gulm, seek shelter from fire fights with Shukrullah, and watch farmer and widower Abdul Mohammed raise his four children alone. And as the project progresses, it becomes clear how challenging it is to capture the difficult lives of women. Alternating between the participants' scenes of daily life and Nagieb's own experiences, My Afghanistan depicts a country where civilians are the greatest victims of the war, and Afghans struggle to live in the constant shadow of violence. Official Selection Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2012

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  • Anita T.

    Hi all,

    Apologies for the late reply. I have been sick and away from a computer for the last few days. I hope you were all able to see the film! The only way to buy tickets, as far as I was aware, was through the website. I don't know if they reserved a certain amount to buy at the door. If anyone was unable to buy tickets for our two highlighted films, I hope that you will be able to visit the HRWFF site and see another film being presented.


    June 18, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Are we able to buy tickets there?

    June 17, 2013

  • Alicia M.

    Are tickets sold out for tonight? I just tried buying them online, but the website says it can not "find" the documentary.


    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member


    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How do we buy tickets?

    June 17, 2013

  • karunakar g.


    June 12, 2013

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