Afghanistan: An Introduction. Afghanistan Land of the Afghan is a mountainous land-locked country in Central Asia with a history and culture that goes back over years. Throughout its long, splendid, and sometimes chaotic history, this area of the world has been known by various names. In the ancient times, the land was called Aryana by its inhabitants. In the medieval era, it was called Khorasan, and in modern times, its people have decided to call it Afghanistan.
Dancing Boys of Afghanistan
Ghost Students, Ghost Teachers, Ghost Schools
In Southern Afghanistan hundreds of boys as young as 10, living in extreme poverty, are lured off the streets on the promise of a new life away from destitution, unaware their real fate is to be used for entertainment and sex. Is it love for another person or love for your country which gives us the greatest sense of belonging? Comrades and lovers Amer and Raghda met in a Syrian prison. The film charts their incredible odyssey to political freedom, documenting their dreams and despair: for the revolution, their homeland and each other.
Afghan Director: Women Are Invisible in My 'Fantastically Corrupt' Country
KABUL — At first glance, the tastefully decorated rooms, embellished by dark wood floors and soft mood lighting, seem like an unlikely incubator of radicalism. Even now — amid a growing number of female television anchors, police officers and entertainers — the only way to ensure the female form is stripped of controversy is to cover it head to toe in a burqa and place a man at its side. If anyone creates or displays nude paintings, then mullahs will issue a fatwa to kill them. For some, the paintings are a sign of progress, evidence that a new generation of women has benefited from the influence of Western nongovernmental organizations that have spent the previous decade financing initiatives that encourage female education and agency.
Shahrbanoo Sadat, a young Afghan female scriptwriter and director, prefers the status of women in stories to the status of women in reality. Agreeing with former British prime minister David Cameron's assertion that Afghanistan is "fantastically corrupt," she says that "culture and cinema have no place in the country" and men run things like the mafia. And yet, year-old Sadat has defied the odds to create Wolf and Sheep , a story of rural Afghanistan where everyone is a storyteller and children rule the hills as shepherds.