Ghosts of Afghanistan

Emmy Award winning writer Graeme Smith takes the viewer directly into the struggle for Afghan peace: The war on terror has been raging in Afghanistan for 20 years and has cost hundreds of thousands of lives. The peace agreement between the USA and the Taliban is supposed to herald the end of the war. But chaos reigns in Afghanistan.


Ghosts of Afghanistan

Emmy Award winning writer Graeme Smith takes the viewer directly into the struggle for Afghan peace: The war on terror has been raging in Afghanistan for 20 years and has cost hundreds of thousands of lives. The peace agreement between the USA and the Taliban is supposed to herald the end of the war. But chaos reigns in Afghanistan. The Taliban have regained their strength. Suicide attacks, bombings and kidnappings kill more than 3,000 civilians every year. The country is characterized by corruption and drug trafficking, in which the Afghan government in particular earns well. Exclusive access to high-ranking government leaders and Taliban commanders, as well as women’s rights activists who put their lives on the line, provide internal insights into the longest and costliest conflict in the history of the NATO alliance.

 

Director: Julian Sher
Written by: Julian Sher, Graeme Smith, Natalie Dubois
Executive Producer: Arnie Gelbart, Christian Beetz
Commissioning Editor ZDFinfo: Imke Meier
Produced by: Natalie Dubois
Expert Consultant: Graeme Smith
DoP: Igbal Sapand
Editor: Susan Shanks
Production Manager: Gloria Straccini

Team Germany
Dramaturgy: Tuan Lam
Creative Producer: Julia Krampe
Editor: Oliver Szyza
Postproduction Manager: Xavier Agudo
Line Prodcuer: Kathrin Isberner

Koproduktion

Kooperation

  • Tagesspiegel

    "The documentary's greatest strength, however, lies in the fact that it does not judge its protagonists, but in its humanity gives them all the space they need to describe their own views - the women's rights activist Farahnaz Forotan just as much as the heavily guarded National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib or the bearded Ammar Zmarak from the Taliban's political office in Doha in Qatar."

  • Spiegel

    "For the West to question its role, as it does in this film, is a rare perspective.“

  • Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

    "The team of authors around the Canadian journalist Graeme Smith portrays a society in transition. Its contradictions are particularly evident in the women who have their say in the film. Viewers experience western-style feminists from Kabul and traditional women in burqas from Kandahar.“