MY AFGHANISTAN - LIFE IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE
Over a period of three years, Afghan civilians have filmed their lives behind the frontier in the war-torn province of Helmand. They invite us into their homes, their hopes, and their heartbreaks, and their stories form a rich tapestry of an Afghanistan that never makes it to the news. Nagieb Khaja, a Danish director of Afghan origin, is the one who provided them with cameras, frustrated by the fact that the international media seldom report from these rural areas where most Afghans live.
Release: 2013 (Denmark)
Duration: 88 minutes
Genre: Documentary feature
Spoken language: Danish, Dari, English and Pashto
Director: Nagieb Khaja
Screenplay: Nagieb Khaja
Cinematography: Henrik Bohn Ipsen, Abdul Mohammed, Haji Sahib and Juma Gul
Editor: Anders Villadsen
Sound Design: Niels Arild
Composer: Stein Berge Svendsen
Producers: Lise Lense-Møller and Henrik Grunnet
Production Country: Denmark and Afghanistan
Production Companies: Magic Hour Films and Grunnet Film
Coproducer: Piraya Film
Produced with support from: The Danish Film Institute, Nordic Film & TV Fond, Fritt Ord, Norsk FilmInstitutt, Nordvision, DR, SVT, NRK, YLE TV1, ERT-1 and HRT.
The film was nominated for Brussels One World International Human Rights Festival 2013 Best Documentary Award and received a Special Mention at the 2013 Buenos Aires Festival de Cine Independiente.