1 Meet The Real People Of Afghanistan (2014)
24 aug. 2016
2 A Brief History of Afghanistan: SFU Continuing Studies lecture
12 mei 2012
3 Unholy War: Into Afghanistan (Afghanistan Documentary) | Real Stories
3 jan. 2018
4 Afghanistan | Crystal Dreams | 101 East
9 aug. 2013
Afghanistan: Crystal Dreams
Over the past four decades, Afghanistan has been in an almost constant state of warfare or internal conflict – enduring Soviet occupation, the rule of the Taliban and a Western-backed authority.
As leaderships and ideologies have changed, loyalties also have fragmented.
But in the remote Jegdaleki region in the Hindu Kush mountains, life for one group of people has continued largely undisturbed.
For generations these tough, resilient villagers have risked life and limb, to mine deep into the barren earth in pursuit of prized red rubies.
These jewels are then illicitly traded across the border to Peshawar, Pakistan, to be cut and polished. From there, they are sold all over the world, adorning royalty and the wealthy.
But as foreign troops withdraw and the Taliban’s presence spreads, Jegdalek’s ruby miners are drawing attention.
Generations of men have lived and died for the wealth buried in the jagged mountains of Sappar, Afghanistan, chasing crystal dreams with dynamite and pick axes.
With the country almost entirely dependent on foreign aid, the precious rubies have become a potential windfall for the government but most of the gems are smuggled out to Pakistan to be processed and sold abroad.
Forces within the country, lured by the temptation of wealth, have begun to compete for control of the mines.
Attempts have been made by the central government to harness the mining of the rubies and other interested parties are not far behind them.
101 East examines the lives of Afghanistan’s ruby miners and the lure of the red crystals as the country approaches an uncertain and turbulent future.
5 Life Behind The Burqa In Afghanistan
9 sep. 2016
Afghanistan is often depicted as a Middle Eastern country that requires women to wear burqas in public, but the real story here is actually much more complicated than that. Photojournalist Paula Bronstein spent 15 years documenting life in Afghanistan, and tells Seeker Stories how women are finding their voice.
7 Afghan women concerned about resurgent Taliban
8 mrt. 2020
8 Afghanistan: No Country for Women | 101 East
3 jul. 2015
Thirteen years after the fall of the Taliban, women in Afghanistan continue to suffer oppression and abuse.
Research by Global Rights estimates that almost nine out of 10 Afghan women face physical, sexual or psychological violence, or are forced into marriage.
In the majority of cases the abuse is committed by the people they love and trust the most – their families.
While shelters are trying to provide protection and legal help to some, many women return to abusive homes because there is no alternative. Unable to escape their circumstances, some are turning to drastic measures like self-immolation to end their suffering.
Has enough progress been made on women’s rights in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban? Share your thoughts with us @AJ101East.
9 Afghanistan: Cut From Different Cloth – Burqas and Beliefs
18 aug. 2015
Cut from Different Cloth: Burqas & Beliefs (2005)
In 2005 filmmakers Olga Shalygin and Cliff Orloff returned to Afghanistan’s northern city of Mazar-I-Sharif for the third time since the fall of the Taliban in 2002.
Despite a growing network of Afghan friends and colleagues from their two prior visits, they had been restricted in their ability to meet freely with Afghan women.
The all-covering burqa, the high-walled living compounds and cultural restrictions on women limited their access. Olga, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, was puzzled why virtually all the Afghan women she saw still wore the burqa…even though security had greatly improved and a new constitution was adopted that granted women equal rights with men.
Through Serena, a 27-year-old American woman, who is living with an Afghan family and their 27-year-old daughter Hasina, we are taken inside the walls that separate women from men. Serena becomes the eyes and ears of the filmmakers.
Together, Serena, Hasina and Olga set out on a journey to learn what it means to be a woman in today’s Afghanistan. As their journey progresses, Serena’s desire to respect Afghan culture and tradition comes into conflict with her belief in universal rights for women. From interviewing child brides to women in prison, Serena comes to understand the risks Hasina and other Afghan women take to assert their rights.
10 The Girls of the Taliban | Featured Documentary
19 dec. 2014
An insight into a girls’ school in Afghanistan which imposes an even stricter interpretation of Islam than the Taliban.
Filmmakers: Najibullah Quraishi and Jamie Doran
Kunduz in northern Afghanistan is the country’s fifth largest city and home to more than 300,000 people.
It’s fine to go to madrasa to learn about sharia,
the Quran and Islam. But beyond that, they keep girls in total darkness like the blind. They keep them illiterate.
Zargul Azimi, teacher
It was once a Taliban stronghold where women were deprived of their basic rights and education for girls was prohibited.
Today, particularly in towns and cities, women can go outside without their husbands or fathers, they can work, and girls can attend school and even university.
But with a new wave of privately run madrasas – or religious schools – being opened across the country, there is a growing feeling among women’s rights groups that these freedoms are again under threat.
There are now 1,300 unregistered madrasas in Afghanistan, where children are given only religious teaching.
This is increasing fears among those involved in mainstream education.
Arguably the most controversial of these madrasas is Ashraf-ul Madares in Kunduz, founded by two local senior clerics, where 6,000 girls study full time.
The girls attend the madrasa solely to study the Quran and the teachings of the prophet Mohammed. They are taught by male teachers, who they are forbidden from meeting face-to-face, and full hijab must be worn.
In The Girls of the Taliban, our cameras gain unprecedented access to film inside this madrasa, to meet with the girls and their families and to question the men behind it.
11 Sosan’s Story: Domestic Violence in Afghanistan
26 aug. 2009
12 Abused in Silence – Domestic Violence | Full Documentary – HD
23 jul. 2014
14 Assignment Asia: Life for Afghan returnees
26 jun. 2017
15 Al Qaeda’s Fight In Afghanistan (2011)
7 sep. 2016
17 MISSION AFGHANISTAN | Documentary Film
2 mei 2013
There is fear and desperation in their empty eyes. They have no livelihood and no work; and their growing children receive no education. Their daughters do not have much hope of finding suitable matches; and they are not certain where the next meal would come from. Many women and children live in Gurdwaré, Sikh place of worship relying on free kitchen
And so, a young adventurous Afghan Sikh, Pritpal Singh, who had left Afghanistan 2 decades ago, set out from the UK to document the suffering of fellow Afghan Sikhs and Hindus communities in Afghanistan. The film “MISSION AFGHANISTAN” portrays the life and hardships of minorities in War-torn Afghanistan.”
Those who could afford it, left the country. Those left behind have hardly any means of support. They have no present and no future.
These are Sikh women with children, widows and families left behind in a war-riven Afghanistan. Together with the Hindu community, their numbers are dwindling, as they live from day to day in many towns in Afghanistan. The situation of women is made worse because this is a conservative country where women are confined to walled enclosures and cannot go out to work.
Even Gurdwaré of great historical significance are in a state neglect and disrepair.
The country has been torn apart by war for decades and peace is not in sight when the Americans, British and other foreign (NATO- ISAF) troops leave. For minorities like the Sikhs and Hindus, the situation is quite hopeless. As a Sikh lady points out in the documentary, they cannot just depend on short term handouts by generous Sikhs from abroad.
The need is for sustained support projects which set up schools and also provide work for the poorer Sikhs in Afghanistan. Much can be done by the more prosperous business Afghan Sikhs who are doing well in Sikh diaspora countries like the UK, Germany, India, UAE & US.
Pritpal had only a very limited budget. The main advantage of this low budget but professionally produced documentary was that, with one local cameraman, and dressed as an Afghan fluent in Farsi & Hindko, Pritpal was able to merge and mix with communities, and keep a low profile in a highly dangerous environment. Travelling on mined countryside roads, strewn with destroyed army vehicles, he was able to film remote places and intermingle with communities in a war zone. This is a country where tourists make attractive targets for hostage-taking by terrorists, and filming crews have to travel with convoys.
Pritpal returned from this dangerous mission with, in his words, “The treasure of well over 1500 photographs and films of key historical Gurdwaré, Mandir & Mosques of Afghanistan – something which has never been done in past!”
He travelled to Kabul, Jalalabad, Sorkhrod, Agha Sarai, Charikar, Salang and Ghazni.
Truly, his mission to bring out the truth about the desperate condition of his fellow Sikhs in a country where their forefathers lived for thousands of years, is a remarkable achievement. He loves his country of birth and is concerned that “if they migrate to other countries, our history and our historical sites will vanish”.
It is a highly informative journalistic documentary. In Hindko, English, Farsi, Panjabi & Pashto with English subtitles.
18 The People Of Afghanistan (Demography)
18 dec. 2013
20 CIA-Backed Afghan Death Squads Massacred Children Inside Religious Schools in Campaign of Terror
18 dec. 2020