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Kabul, City in the Wind

CONFLICT: In the capital of a country that only seems to get international attention when suicide bombs claims lives, director Aboozar Amini offers a fly on the wall glimpse into life as the locals live it. [Director Aboozar Amini]


CULTURE: A documentary tells the story of the rise of the first Afghan metal band and their fall under the weight of the ultra-conservative society that surrounds them. [Director Travis Beard]
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The Forbidden Reel

CINEMA: Marked by violence and oppression, Afghanistan’s recent history, Ariel Nasr’s documentary shows the invaluable nature of cinema. [Director Ariel Nasr]

Midnight Traveler

MIGRANTS: The Fazili family shoots their perilous journey from Afghanistan through the Balkan migration route to an uncertain future on three mobile phones. [Director Hassan Fazili]

A Dog Called Money

MUSIC: Across Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Washington DC, musician PJ Harvey and photojournalist Seamus Murphy craft a beautifully shot, sensitively edited film on observation, experience, and the creative process. [Director Seamus Murphy]

Laila at the Bridge

DRUGS: Laila at the Bridge takes the viewer on a harrowing journey to Kabul’s dark underpass, following a woman who attempts to save as many drug addicts as she can. [Director Elizabeth Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei]

The Breadwinner/Tehran Taboo

ANIMATED MOVIES: Girls dressed as boys in Kabul and Tehran’s underworld of sex, drugs and rave music are portrayed through the eyes of children in the animated movies The Breadwinner and Tehran Taboo. [Director Nora Twomey/ Ali Soozandeh]

Mads Mikkelsen – CPH:Dox

Social experiments, nudity and methods to the madness – don’t miss this year’s edition of CPH:Dox.

What Tomorrow Brings

AFGHANISTAN: If you want to run a school for girls in Afghanistan, you might have to check your water for poison each morning. Is it worth it? [Director Beth Murphy]


Is the credibility of a documentary film in danger when the director changes the life story being portrayed in order to get the saleable result he or she wants? [Director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami]