My Afghanistan: Life in the Forbidden Zone | Chicago Reader

My Afghanistan: Life in the Forbidden Zone

87 minutes 2013

For this 2012 documentary, Danish journalist Nagieb Khaja provided camera phones to six rural Afghans living in areas off-limits to foreign reporters and used their footage (and his own) to paint a vivid picture of the country after the first major withdrawal of U.S. troops. The resulting increase in sectarian violence often makes this upsetting, but it isn't uniformly grim; one of the participants, a young man who goes into business selling hair-care products door to door, describes his quixotic career with hilarious gallows humor. The most surprising thing about the movie may be the participants' ease in learning to document themselves; this is as much about the impact of modern technology as it is about Afghanistan. In English, and subtitled Danish, Dari, and Pashto.

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