COUNTDOWN AFGHANISTAN

We visit Afghanistan and meet four courageous people who want to continue fighting for peace, education, equal rights and freedom of speech during the period of upheaval after the withdrawal of western troops – even if they have to fear for their lives while doing so.

The withdrawal of international security forces and the presidential elections will change Afghanistan profoundly. At the same time, the Taliban are on the advance. The fight for Afghanistan continues to rage. We visit Afghans who still want to fight for peace, education and equal rights after the withdrawal of western troops – even if they have to fear for their lives while doing so: Massoma and her husband Nasir founded a private school in Herat, western Afghanistan, several years ago. Their close cooperation with western organisations and commitment to academic education and society make them a target for the Taliban. Maria, the country's only female Chief Prosecutor General, is fighting for women's rights and a democratic civil society. She is dedicated to the rule of law, regardless of the cost. In Kabul, Lotfullah works as Chief Editor at TOLOnews, the nation's most important news channel. He openly advocates the power of freedom of opinion despite intimidation from extremists. During this period of upheaval, we meet these courageous people who are torn between fear and hope.

Genre Current Affairs
Length 52' HD
Film by Manuel Fenn, Jan Dimog
Production Filmbüro-Süd in co-production with ARTE with the support of RTS and SVT
Original Title Countdown Afghanistan
Year 2014

Maria nah-be J. Dimog und Lotfullah lachen-be
Nazir mit Sohn 1 Wahl Frauen

We visit the country and meet four courageous people who are committed to fighting for peace, education, equal rights and the freedom of speech even after the withdrawal of western troops.
The withdrawal of international security forces and the presidential elections will change Afghanistan profoundly. At the same time, the Taliban are on the advance. The fight for Afghanistan continues to rage. We visit Afghans who still want to fight for peace, education and equal rights after the withdrawal of western troops – even if they have to fear for their lives while doing so: Massoma and her husband Nasir founded a private school in Herat, western Afghanistan, several years ago. Their close cooperation with western organisations and commitment to academic education and society make them a target for the Taliban. Maria, the country’s only female Chief Prosecutor General, is fighting for women’s rights and a democratic civil society. She is dedicated to the rule of law, regardless of the cost. In Kabul, Lotfullah works as Chief Editor at TOLOnews, the nation’s most important news channel. He openly advocates the power of freedom of opinion despite intimidation from extremists. During this period of upheaval, we meet these courageous people who are torn between fear and hope.

Current Affairs
Length 52’ HD
Film by Manuel Fenn, Jan Dimog
Co-Production Filmbüro-Süd and ARTE with the support of RTS and SVT, 2014
Original Title Countdown Afghanistan