My Afghanistan - Life in the forbidden zone

Nagieb Khaja, Denmark, 2012

88 min.DK/Documentary

Over a period of three years, Afghan civilians have filmed their lives behind the frontier in the war-torn province of Helmand. They invite us into their homes, their hopes, and their heartbreaks, and their stories form a rich tapestry of an Afghanistan that never makes it to the news. Nagieb Khaja, a Danish director of Afghan origin, is the one who provided them with cameras, frustrated by the fact that the international media seldom report from these rural areas where most Afghans live.
Basic information Credits
Original title Mit Afghanistan
Danish title Mit Afghanistan
Other titles Afghan lives
Keywords Khaja, Nagieb, Living conditions, Everyday life, Afghanistan, 2010-2019
Director Nagieb Khaja
Producer Lise Lense-Møller, Henrik Grunnet
Director of Photography Henrik Bohn Ipsen, Abdul Mohammed, Haji Sahib, Juma Gul
Editor Anders Villadsen
Sound Niels Arild
Composer Stein Berge Svendsen
Production country Denmark
Dialogue language Danish,English,Persisk,Pashto
Domestic distribution Danmarks Radio
International sales DR International Sales
Technical info 16:9
TV release 05.02.2013, DR 2
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11
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Production company Magic Hour Films, Grunnet Film
Co-production Piraya Film
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Danmarks Radio, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Fritt Ord, Norwegian Film Institute, Nordvision, NRK, SVT, YLE TV1, ERT-1, HRT
Domestic distribution Danmarks Radio


Direction Nagieb Khaja


Translation Adam Henriksen
Translation Julian Roland Andersen
Translation Kolbrún Ósk Hálldorsdóttir
Translation Malene Brask Olsen
Translation Caroline Dohn Vognbjerg
Translation Moska Asif
Translation Sahar Asif
Translation Jamil Roshaan
Translation Emal Aslam
Translation Ajmal Jabarkhil
Translation Tahir Bakhtiary
Translation Rahima Mano
Translation Ahmad Issa Durani
Translation Ajan Marzai
Translation Farhan Niazi
Translation Aimall Sharif


Producer Lise Lense-Møller
Producer Henrik Grunnet
Co-producer Bjarte Mørner Tveit
Co-producer Torstein Grude
Production Lars Frederiksen
Production Heidi Elise Christensen
Production Cecilia Valsted
Research Zainullah Stanikzai
Research Ahmad Tassal
Research Aliyas Daee
Research Baryalai Rahimi
Technical assistant Jon Adam Henriksen
Technical assistant Malene Brask Olsen
Technical assistant Caroline Dohn Vognbjerg


Cinematographer Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Cinematographer Abdul Mohammed
Cinematographer Haji Sahib
Cinematographer Juma Gul


Editor Anders Villadsen
B-editor Andreas Bøggild Monies
Trailer editor Andreas Bøggild Monies


Composer Stein Berge Svendsen


Sound engineer Niels Arild

Visual effects

Colourist Tom Chr. Lilletvedt
Digital effects Christopher Berge Hove

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