The thriving film industry in Afghanistan is a well kept secret. A little know fact in a country famous for war is the existence of a vital film legacy that has existed since the 1950s. Funded by aid dollars, but controlled by the Afghan artists who helmed it, Afghan Film, the country's public film production company, was in the years preceding the Soviet invasion, a hub of central Asian film production.
The archived films reveal a place of culture, politics, a sophisticated middle class and a keen sense of humor. The visuals created since then document a place pulled between the forces of modernity and tradition, and shine a light on the changing milieu that Muslims have faced over the past 60 years.
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The filmmakers are looking to raise funds for direct funding to the Afghan Archives so that the Afghans can purchase a digital film scanner.
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