Addicted in Afghanistan

Addicted in Afghanistan

Jawed Taiman, UK, 2009Video, Colour, 78'

One million Afghans are estimated to be addicted to drugs, especially heroin. Alarmingly, 40% of these are women and children. “Addicted in Afghanistan” is an intimate observational documentary that explores the heartbreaking reality behind the headlines as seen through the eyes of Jabar and Zahir, two 15-year-old drug addicts living in Kabul.

03 August, Kino Lumbardhi, 14:00

Spotlight: Afghanistan

Director: Jawed Taiman
Producer: Sharron Ward
Cinematographer: Jawed Taiman
Editor: Jason Brooks, Sharron Ward, Nigel Taylor
Sound: Shahna

Director's Biography

Born in Kandahar, Afghanistan and now living in London, Jawed made his first short non-fiction film “Zendan” (Prison) in Afghanistan about Allam, a teacher who secretly educated girls in his home in Kabul. It was broadcasted on Tapesh TV in the USA and was awarded Best Short Film, at EICAR Film School, Paris 2006. “Zendan” also screened at the Short Film Corner, Cannes 2007. “Addicted in Afghanistan” is his first documentary.

Festivals and Awards:

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2009, UK. First Appearance Competition – IDFA 2009,Holland. Watchdocs Human Rights Film Festival 2009, Poland. Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2010, Greece. ECU - European Independent Film Festival 2010, Paris, France. The Drugs and Harm Reduction Film Festival 2010, Liverpool, UK. Honolulu International Film Festival 2010, Hawaii. Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival 2010, Doha, Qatar. The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival 2010, Norway. DokFest 2010, Munich, Germany. Documenta 2010, Madrid.


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