A feature documentary film about Afghanistan’s fearless and visionary moviemakers—and the films we almost never got to see.
The film includes lots of stunning footage from films dating back to the 1920s in Afghanistan. The footage was digitized from the country’s film archives, which includes hundreds and hundreds of film reels of that were saved from the Taliban in the nineties. The film shows a piece of Afghanistan’s soul by sharing the old films and interviews with the groundbreaking filmmakers who shot them. Both factual and fiction film are invaluable for documenting the times we live in, we should support Afghan filmmakers to make more films.
The Forbidden Reel screened at idfafestival and hotdocs_ and other festivals around the world, and soon will make the rounds in screenings around Afghanistan.
A film by Ariel Nasr and presented by National Film Board of Canada and Loaded Pictures.
I did some cinematography for the film, but the scenes didn’t make the cut of the film. I covered when the film archives were taken from Afghan film and moved into the Presidential Palace, a controversial move that caused backlash from culturists who believed the reels belong to the Afghan people not the President.
Documentary | Afghanistan