Afghan Cinema: Evolution through decades of war and conflict

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The new voices of Afghan cinema

Following decades of war, Afghanistan’s film and TV industry has been struggling to get back on its feet. Some brave filmmakers are trying to change all that by challenging the country’s outdated societal norms.

CCTV’s Natalie Carney raises the curtain on how Afghanistan’s film and TV industry has evolved.

Afghan Cinema Evolution through decades of war and conflict

Afghan Cinema Evolution through decades of war and conflict

Following decades of war, Afghanistan's film and TV industry has been struggling to get back on its feet. Some brave filmmakers are trying to change all that by challenging the country's outdated societal norms. CCTV's Natalie Carney raises the curtain on how Afghanistan's film and TV industry has evolved.


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OSAMA: Acclaim abroad / Controversy at home

Some of the country’s most internationally recognized works are also its most controversial.
Osama was a film about a girl living under Taliban rule who disguises herself as a boy to support her family. It won a Golden Globe and earned almost 4 million US dollars abroad, but was viewed negatively by conservatives in Afghanistan.