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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 Festivals & awards
Original title Mit Afghanistan
Danish title Mit Afghanistan
Other titles Afghan lives, My Afghanistan - Life in the forbidden zone
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
Production companies Magic Hour Films, Grunnet Film
Domestic distribution Danmarks Radio
International sales DR International Sales / DR Byen / Emil Holms Kanal 20 / 0999 København C / t +45 3520 3040 / f +45 3520 3969 / drsales@dr.dk / www.drsales.dk
Technical info 16:9
TV release 05.02.2013, DR 2
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11

Companies

Production companies Magic Hour Films, Grunnet Film
Co-producer 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

Direction Nagieb Khaja

Script

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

Production

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

Cinematography

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

Editing

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

Music

Composer Stein Berge Svendsen

Sound

Sound engineer Niels Arild

Visual effects

Colourist Tom Chr. Lilletvedt
Digital effects Christopher Berge Hove

Awards and nominations

Award Year Festival
Special Mention 2013 Buenos Aires Festival de Cine Independiente 2013

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Tehran, Cinéma Vérité, Documentary Film Festival 2013-12-10
Los Angeles, AFI Int. Festival 2013-11-07
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 2013-09-26
Reykjavik Film Festival 2013-09-26
Message to Man 2013-09-21
Jerusalem Int. Film Festival 2013-07-04
New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2013-06-13
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2013-05-10
Buenos Aires Festival de Cine Independiente 2013-04-10
London, Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2013-03-13
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2013-03-04
Göteborg International Film Festival 2013-01-25
Dubai International Film Festival 2012-12-09
Amsterdam, IDFA 2012-11-14
CPH:DOX 2012-11-01
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