Länderfokus: AFGHANISTAN

Solidarisches Filmscreening: Far From Afghanistan (2012)

© Far From Afghanistan

John Gianvito, Jon Jost, Yoo Soon-mi, Minda Martin, Travis Wilkerson

USA / AF 2012
129 min | HD | Englisch, Paschtu, Dari
S: John Gianvito, Pacho Velez, Rob Todd | T: Travis Wilkerson, John Gianvito, Jon Jost, Minda Martin, Yoo Soon-mi, Afghan Voices | P+V: Traveling Light Productions

mittwoch 13 okt 17.00 werkstattkino | eintritt: 10 Euro
Die Einnahmen gehen an das International Rescue Committee (IRC) | de.rescue.org

zu gast: Ali Khorosh Fazli Bayat (KINO ASYL)

Eine Bestandsaufname über die psycho-physischen Schäden, die der Afghanistan-Krieg hinterlässt. Es ist 2012, wie wir heute wissen ungefähr zur Mitte des militärischen Einsatzes. Kritisch werden die Auswirkungen des Krieges auf die Menschen aufgearbeitet: Erwachsene und Kinder, Afghanen und US-Militärs. Eine Solidaritätsbekundung mit dem afghanischen Volk und den Opfern des Krieges.

John Gianvito | My Heart Swims in Blood
A mosaical journey through a dark night of the soul.
Jon Jost | Empire’s Cross
A poetic evocation of the circumstances instigating America’s attack on Afghanistan
Minda Martin | The Long Distance Operator
About a drone pilot in Palmdale, California, who learns about the impact of his role in the war in Afghanistan.
Travis Wilkerson | Fragments of Dissolution
A poetic, anguished cry from the heart of a rotting empire.
Yoo Soon-mi | Afghanistan: The Next Generation
Archival footage from different historical moments.

Erinnerungen an Afghanistan

Am 13. August lancierte Sahraa Karimi, Direktorin der Afghan Film Organization, einen Hilferuf: “Do not let Afghan cinema die. Even if you are in exile.” Das Filmemachen in Afghanistan sei in Gefahr, bereits 1996 sei mit dem Einmarsch der Taliban in Kabul ein Großteil des filmischen Erbes zerstört worden. Diese bestürzenden Nachrichten haben uns den Film
FAR FROM AFGHANISTAN in Erinnerung gerufen, den wir beim 8. UNDERDOX Festival gezeigt hatten. Er entstand direkt aus dem Inneren der Kriegsmaschine, als Kollektiv-projekt der amerikanischen Independent-Regisseure John Gianvito, Jon Jost, Minda Martin, Travis Wilkerson und Yoo Soon-mi. Sie knüpften damit bewusst an den legendären LOIN DU VIETNAM (1967) an, in dem u.a. Joris Ivens, Claude Lelouch, Chris Marker und Agnès Varda Regie führten. John Gianvito schreibt uns heute:
”In my view our film has, sadly, lost little of its relevance. I’ve been regularly in touch the past weeks with one of the members of AFGHAN VOICES who filmed many of the sequences in the film and sadly he and his family were unable to leave the country despite repeated efforts to get through the crowds at the Kabul airport. Just one of the thousands of stories out there, though we are continuing to pursue alternative solutions”.

Am 23. September kommt von Sahraa Karimi über Twitter die Nachricht: „I am now officially Former Afghan Film Director General. Done.“

UNDERDOX zeigt FAR FROM AFGHANISTAN (2012) in einem solidarischen Screening. Eintritt: 10 €.
Die Einnahmen gehen an das International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Hilferuf von Sahraa Karimi,
Leiterin des Filminstituts von Afghanistan

13. August über die Social Media

To All the Film Communities in The World and Who Loves Film and Cinema!

My name is Sahraa Karimi, a film director and the current general director of Afghan Film, the only stated-owned film company established in 1968.

I write to you with a broken heart and a deep hope that you can join me in protecting my beautiful people, especially filmmakers from the Taliban. In the last few weeks, the Taliban have gained control of so many provinces. They have massacred our people, they kidnapped many children, they sold girls as child brides to their men, they murdered a woman for her attire, they gauged the eyes of a woman, they tortured and murdered one of our beloved comedians, they murdered one of our historian poets, they murdered the head of culture and media for the government, they have been assassinating people affiliated with the government, they hung some of our men publicly, they have displaced hundreds ofthousands of families.

The families are in camps in Kabul after fleeing these provinces, and they are in unsanitary condition. There islooting in the camps and babies dying because they don’t have milk. It is a humanitarian crisis, and yet the world is silent. We have grown accustomed to this silence, yet we know it is not fair. We know that this decision to abandon our people is wrong, that this hasty troop withdrawal is a betrayal of our people and all that we did when Afghans won the Cold War for the west. Our people were forgotten then, leading up to the Taliban’s dark rule, and now, after twenty years of immense gains for our country and especially our younger generations, all could be lost again in this abandonment.

We need your voice. The media, governments, and the world humanitarian organizations are conveniently silent as if this “Peace deal” with the Taliban was ever legitimate. It was never legitimate. Recognizing them gave them the confidence to come back to power. The Taliban have been brutalizing our people throughout the entire process of the talks. Everything that I have worked so hard to build as a filmmaker in my country is at risk of falling. If the Taliban take over they will ban all art. I and other filmmakers could be next on their hit list. They will strip women’s rights, we will be pushed into the shadows of our homes and our voices, our expression will be stifled into silence.

When the Taliban were in power, zero girls were in school. Since then there are over 9 million Afghan girls in school. This is incredible Herat, the third-largest city which just fell to the Taliban had nearly 50% women in its university. These are incredible gains that the world hardly knows about. Just in these few weeks, the Taliban have destroyed many schools and 2 million girls are forced now out of school again.

I do not understand this world. I do not understand this silence. I will stay and fight for my country, but I cannot do it alone. I need allies like you. Please help us get this world to care about what is happening to us. Please help us by informing your countries’ most important media what is going on here in Afghanistan. Be our voices outside Afghanistan. If the Taliban take over Kabul, we may not have access to the internet or any communication tool at all.

Please engage your filmmakers, artists to support us to be our voice.This war is not a civil war, this is a proxy war, this is an imposed war and it is the result of the US deal with the Taliban. Please as much as you can share this fact with your media and write about us on your social media. The world should not turn its back on us. We need your support and your voice on behalf of Afghan women, children, artists, and filmmakers. This support would be the greatest help we need right now. Please help us get this world to not abandon Afghanistan. Please help us before the Taliban take over Kabul. We have such little time, maybe days. Thank you so much. I appreciate your pure true heart so dearly.

With regard,

Sahraa Karimi

Afghan Voices: We Will Live Again

By Ashya B.

I promise you I will hold your hands again.
I promise you we will meet forever.
We will survive, no matter that the Taliban is here.

I promise you we will breathe the fresh air again.
We will walk along the beach with big smiles on our faces.
And drink coffee in the café where we used to drink coffee before.
Go outside without fear and without Chadari
We will wear colorful clothes.
Laugh out loud on the street again.

I promise you we will sit together again, gossiping about colleagues.
And visit each other secretly, staying awake till late in the night.
We will shop for each other.
And imagine our future together once again.

I promise you we will argue about choosing our kids’ names.
We’ll eat milky cake in the restaurant.
Talk on the phone over my balcony till midnight.
And even chitchat all night.

I promise you we will fight about stupid things.
And make up after each dispute.
I promise you we will do silly things on the street.
And I’ll make you jealous again in the workplace.
But you will make me feel special with surprises.

I promise you we will meet again.
And we will live again.
No matter how hard the time or how long it takes.
This I know, the time will come.
And I will fulfill all my promises.


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