- Arts, History, Adventure, Cultural History, and Politics
The incredible and mostly true story of five unfinished feature films from the Communist era in Afghanistan (1978-1991) – when films were weapons, filmmakers became targets, and the dreams of constantly shifting political regimes merged with the stories told onscreen. It is also a tribute to a tight-knit group of Afghan filmmakers who loved cinema enough to risk their lives for art. Despite government interference, censorship boards, scarce resources, armed opposition, and near-constant threats of arrest and even death, they made films that were subversive and, in the filmmakers’ opinions, always “true” to life. All five films – THE APRIL REVOLUTION (1978), DOWNFALL (1987), THE BLACK DIAMOND (1989), WRONG WAY (1990), and AGENT (1991) – completed principal photography before being canceled by the state or abandoned by the filmmakers. Never edited, they escaped the final censors’ cut. And while all five films are fictional, they each record some aspect of the period.
- Running time
- 71 minutes
- Alysa Nahmias ... Executive Producer
- Mariam Ghani ... Director, Producer
- Ian Olds ... Editor
- Prod. Co.
- Indexical Films in association with AJNA Films
- United States
- Release year
- Berlinale, SFFILM, DOC NYC, Ann Arbor
- Distributed by Dekanalog (U.S. theatrical), Criterion Collection (streaming), Good Docs (educational), and Arsenal (Europe)
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