What is life like for ordinary Afghans in Helmand?

This question is hard to answer. Because the news we receive about the situation in Afghanistan is thoroughly limited by the difficulties of portraying life outside the zones controlled by ISAF and the Afghan authorities. Western journalists’ ability to report on the situation on the ground in the areas where the fighting takes place is very limited, and when they do enter these areas their reporting is depended upon the ISAF forces which guarantee their security. Reliable information about what life is like for Afghans living through the fighting is therefore hard to come upon.

I would like to draw attention to a movie that has managed to get around this issue: "My Afghanistan - Life in the Forbidden Zone" by the Danish journalist of Afghan origin, Nagieb Khaja.

The movie portrays the life of ordinary Afghans in the Helmand province in Afghanistan filmed my local Afghans themselves. Equipped with mobile phone cameras they give the viewer a unique insight into what it is like to live a life in shadow of war.

The movie will feature on film festivals in the U.S., Canada, and the UK during February and March.

Watch the trailer here:


For a short description of the movie see:


For more videos and information about the project see:


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Comment by Carnegie Council on February 27, 2013 at 2:22pm

Wow, powerful stuff. I put the trailer in the video section. --Evan

Comment by Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard on February 27, 2013 at 1:17pm

Thanks Evan. Here is a trailor (with English subs) http://vimeo.com/56899893

Comment by Evan O'Neil on February 25, 2013 at 5:43pm

This looks great, Rasmus. Do you have a link to the trailer we can watch?

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