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Addicted in Afghanistan: Beautiful and bleak

In Afghanistan on September 19, 2012 at 23:34

Here is a Blog of the film which was recently screened at the Frontline Club – and printed on the Frontline Club Website, reproduced from here.

on September 14, 2012 12:04 PM

By Merryn Johnson

Jawed Taiman’s award winning film, Addicted in Afghanistan, which screened at Frontline on 13 September, is beautiful and utterly bleak. The documentary follows the lives of two young boys, best friends Zahir and Jabar, through the streets of Kabul. The film moves between their sober, childish hilarity and the painful grips of their heroin addiction, which they repeatedly try to beat in a city devastated by war and poverty.

The film’s mood is one of hopelessness. The boys, who guess their age to be between 16 and 17 at the beginning of the film, have been using since they were as young as eight-years-old. And despite their families’ encouragement to get treatment, they are surrounded by addicts: mother, father, uncle, younger sister. Such addiction has become endemic in Kabul and wider Afghanistan where over one million Afghans are estimated to be addicted to drugs, especially heroin. And up to 40% of these addicts are women and children.

After the screening, producer Sharron Ward, was at the Frontline Club to answer question as was Taiman via Skype from Kabul. Read the rest of this entry »

Addicted in Afghanistan now available to watch online!

In Afghanistan on August 22, 2012 at 12:30

Finally our multi-award winning documentary feature “Addicted in Afghanistan” is available to stream & download online.

Please CLICK HERE for further details.

Addicted in Afghanistan

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