Their tasks: remove the Taliban, hold all ground seized, build infrastructure and governance, and transfer control to Afghan security forces.
This was the first feature film to be shot extensively in Kabul, Afghanistan, after the end of the Taliban’s reign. The movies has several scenes showing the Green Palace (KABUL), Bala Hissar fort (Kabul), Darul Aman palace (KABUL) & Panjshir Valley in Afghanistan
After the brutal Taliban regime bans women from working and forbids them to leave their homes without a male escort, a 12-year old girl and her mother find themselves on the brink of starvation. With nowhere left to turn, the mother disguises her daughter as a boy. Now called Osama, the young girl embarks on a terrifying and confusing journey as she tries to keep the Taliban from discovering her true identity.
Since the fall of Taliban films made in or about Afghanistan include Kabul Express, Escape From Taliban, British Film In This World and Hollywood-produced Kite Runner.
For Kabul Express, the Afghan government had provided tight security. On some days, you could see more armed soldiers, than the cast and crew, for a shoot.
Indian-Afghan ties have also been on a high since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Delhi is one of the country's biggest donors, with an aid budget of $650m (£330m), and Indian companies are rebuilding roads and schools.
Since many filmmakers escaped the country due to the wars, they began to make films outside Afghanistan. Some notable films made outside Afghanistan include Shirin Gul-o-Shir Agha trilogy made in Russia, Foreign Land, Sheraghai Daghalbaaz, In The Wrong Hands, Shade of Fire, (Asheyana) London (khana Badosh) London (Do Atash) Holland (Waris) Holland 3 Friends, Al Qarem in United States, Shekast in Pakistan, Aftaab e Bighroob in Tajikistan Kidnapping in Germany and in Italy Gridami by Razi Mohebi.
Since the Taliban were ousted there has been a cinematic renaissance. The local film industry got a big fillip when the movie Osama won the Golden Globe Award in 2003 for best foreign film.
The film's director and writer, Kabir Khan says that it took just two weeks before the Taliban sent death threats to the movie set.
Shot over 45 days in and around Kabul, the Bombay film crew arrived in September last year during the resurgence of Taliban violence that saw three suicide bombings and the beheading of an Indian construction engineer.
A company of young British soldiers encounter an unexpected, terrifying enemy. A dried-out river bed, and under every step the possibility of an anti-personnel mine. A mine that could cost you your leg – or your life.
Restrepo is a feature length documentary that chronicles a year with Second Company of the 503rd Infantry Regiment, as they fight through the deadliest valley in Afghanistan.
Hooligans At War is a rare and unique look inside the everyday lives of soldiers fighting a war of counter insurgency. Follow Hooligan Platoon as they experience the dangers, boredom and the reality of being away from home for many months at a time. Hooligans At War is a must see film.
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Making of Kabul Express; For authenticity, real mujahedin were used in the film.
Starring two of Bollywood's most marketable men, model-turned-screen star John Abraham and comedian Arshad Warsi, as well as American, Afghan and Pakistani actors, with a million-pound production budget, Kabul Express has been screened at high-profile film festivals in Toronto and Dubai.
Emaan (2010), After much await and public demand, EMAAN film was finally screened at Reading Cinemas in Australia. This is the first time an Afghan Film to be screened at a Cinema. Emaan - the winner of 2011 South Asian Film Festival (Canberra Australia) for Best Story and Best Film.
Made in 1975, this was the first Bollywood film to be shot in Afghanistan, much before the major upheaval started. Made by Feroz Khan (whose films seemed to be way ahead of the times & way too stylish), Dharmatama shows us an unspoilt & beautiful Afghanistan.
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Though home to some stunning locations, Afghanistan has not really been on the radar of filmmakers (and even tourists) due to its internal political instability.
The invasion of Afghanistan provided tons of ammo for a host of documentaries, as well as Afghanistan films inspired by true stories.
Here’s the song ‘Kya Khub Lagti Ho’ from the movie, Music by Kalyanji Anandji, Watch out for Hema Malini, who looks stunning in the movie.
Barmak's first Persian/Pashtu film Osama (2003) won several awards at film festivals in Cannes and London. Siddiq Barmak is also director of the Afghan Children Education Movement (ACEM), an association that promotes literacy, culture and the arts, founded by Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. The school trains actors and directors for the emerging cinema of Afghanistan. In 2006 Afghanistan joined the Central Asian and Southern Caucasus Film Festivals Confederation.
Apart from cinema in Persian, Pashto cinema is also flourishing in Afghanistan. Several Pashto language films have been made since the fall of the Taliban. Several Pashto films have been made by foreigners like "Good Morning Afghanistan" (2003) by Camilla Nielsson.
Films Shot In Afghanistan
When the Taliban took power on 1996 in Kabul, cinemas were attacked and many films were burnt. The Taliban forbade the viewing of television and films and cinemas were closed, either becoming tea shops or restaurants or falling into a state of disrepair.
What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home? Hell and Back Again is a cinematically revolutionary film that asks and answers these questions with a power and intimacy no previous film about the conflict in Afghanistan has been able to achieve. It is a masterpiece in the cinema of war.
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana
This list of the Best Afghanistan War Movies represents the brutality of war as experienced by US and allied troops. Now, this list can be easily edited. So if you don’t see your favorite Afghanistan War Film amongst those on the list, simply leave a comment below…
Zolykha's Secret (2007), (Rahze Zolykha in Persian) is also among the first feature films from post-Taliban Afghanistan. Lyrical and tragic, the film has played to full houses at major film festivals. The film's director, Horace Ahmad Shansab, trained young Afghan filmmakers and made the film entirely on location in Afghanistan.
In February of 2009, a platoon of Danish Soldiers accompanied by Janus Metz and his cinematographer Lars Skree arrived at Armadillo, an Army base in the Helmand Province. Over the next six months, the duo follow the lives of young Soldiers situated less than a kilometer from Taliban positions.
The result is a gripping and highly authentic war drama, that proved intense debate in Denmark concerning the controversial behavior of the platoon.
Most notable of all were Academy-Award submission FireDancer and France-based film Khakestar-o-khak.
An incredible true story of four heroic Navy Seals ambushed on a covert mission to capture or kill Ahmad Shah. Sometime in 2005, Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg, Muchael Murphy (Taylor Kitsch), Danny Dietz (Emile Hirsch) and Matthew “Axle
Few Bollywood movies that have been shot in Afghanistan include Dharmatma, Kabul Express & Agent Vinod
The beginning scenes in the movie were shot at DASHT-E-MARGO desert, Afghanistan.
Many foreign films were made within Afghanistan, including Hindi films like Feroz Khan's Dharmatma and Khuda Gawah, and the American film The Beast.
In October of 2001, we dropped the first bombs inside Afghanistan, and the cameras started filming shortly after. What can I say, there’s something exciting about combat that motivates filmmakers and puts people’s asses into seats.
"I was told by the Indian ambassador in Kabul that there was a five-man death squad sent by the Taliban. Everybody was pretty nervous. The Taliban wanted to send a message that you cannot have a normal life here. But the Afghan government really helped. They gave us 60 armed commandos and we used to roll around in 35 SUVs. In fact we looked like a militia."
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There is also a monthly magazine, Theme, that is published by Afghan Cinema Club that focuses on Afghan and international cinema.