Voice of a Nation: My Journey Through Afghanistan

Jawed Taiman, Afghanistan, 2012, color, video, 52'
Synopsis

Around filmmaker Jawed Taiman's old house in Afghanistan, there was once the powerful scent of flowers, and the courtyard was full of beautiful trees. Nowadays, it's dry and bare. Taiman fled Afghanistan with his family in the 1980s, but now he's making a trip through his home country, looking back over the past decade together with several Afghans. He does so from the perspective of both an insider and an outsider. He doesn't recognize this barren Afghanistan, remembering it as a land full of flowers. So he speaks with bakers, farmers, children, well-educated people, students, civil servants and even insurgents. Many of them are disappointed in the government and its allies. The $90 billion in aid that Afghanistan received from the United States has gone up in smoke, and many farmers can't survive due to the flood of imported farm produce. But the younger generation is optimistic. Now that the Taliban is gone, people are thinking differently and girls can go to school again. Especially in Kabul, which got the most aid, people are in a positive mood. Young activists clear the garbage from the streets, and women are relatively free. But Taiman wonders what will happen to his country when the foreign forces leave in 2014.

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