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Home > Screenings > LOOKSfilm > Afghanistan - The Wounded Land

Director: Marcel Mettelsiefen, Mayte Carrasco

Producer: Lucio Mollica

Executive Producer: Gunnar Dedio

Writer: Marcel Mettelsiefen, Mayte Carrasco, Lucio Mollica

Cast: Khaled Hosseini

Genres: Documentary, Factual


4x52’, 1x90’

In the 1960s, Afghanistan was at peace, and King Mohammed Zahir Shah opened the country to the world. Kabul seemed like a European capital; women got more freedom and could dress how they wanted. It was a destination for hippies in search of cheap drugs and exotic adventures. Yet, under this surface, the country was at a crossroad: between East and West, Islam and Communism, modernity and tradition. When the communists seized power in the late 1970s, these contradictions exploded, and a series of wars began that has not yet ended…

“Afghanistan. The Wounded Land” narrated by Khaled Hosseini (author of The Kite Runner) looks at six decades of Afghan history through the eyes of those who were there. The protagonists were chosen to represent different nationalities, backgrounds and positions, with a special focus on Afghan men and women. They all played a decisive role or had a unique viewpoint on the events covered, including:

Sima Samar - Afghan Minister of Human Rights
Heela Najibullah - daughter of Afghanistan’s last communist president
Shukria Barakzai - Afghan politician
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar - Mujahideen Commander
Masood Khalili - friend and advisor to Commander Massoud
Homayoun Assefi - Member of the Afghan Royal Family
Zohra Yousuf - Miss Afghanistan 1972
Nadia Ghulam - author of “The Secret of My Turban”
Aga Jan Motasim - Minister of Finance in the Taliban government
Milton Bearden former - CIA Officer
Stanley McChrystal - former US Army General
Ruslan Aushev - Soviet war hero
Mikhail Kozhukhov - Russian TV host and journalist

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