Norsk filminstitutt

Filmed over a year as the Taliban retakes control of Afghanistan, this movie documents the country’s rapid transformation and the women who refuse to lose their rights. Starting as the US leave Afghanistan, it shows the women's experience, protests and daily life in the cities and countryside. We see how restrictions on women’s basic freedoms are enforced by The Taliban on all levels of society.   

Oscar-nominated director Anders Hammer returns to his former home of Afghanistan, a country he has spent a large part of the last 15 years working in, to capture the development.  

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2023
Production country:
Norway
USA
Release date (national):
2023-11-19
Release date (international):
2023-06-15
Production company:
Hammertime Anders Sømmer Hammer
Field of Vision
Financing company:
Fritt Ord Foundation
Fond for lyd og bilde
Viken Filmsenter
Norsk filminstitutt
Field of Vision
Producer:
Anders Hammer
Charlotte Cook

Director

  • Anders Hammer

    Anders Hammer is a Norwegian filmmaker and journalist. Hammer has earlier lived in Afghanistan for six years, and written four books about the country in addition to making a number of documentaries from the ground there.

    Hammer filmed and directed the documentary Do Not Split, which takes us within the heart of the Hong Kong democracy protests. The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020 and received the Special Jury Prize at AFI DOCS, Special Jury Recognition for Courage under Fire at DOC NYC and won best cinematography at SIMA Awards. Do Not Split was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary in 2021.

    Hammer directed the documentary series Our Allies from Syria and Iraq for Field of Vision. He also directed and produced Escape from Syria: Rania’s Odyssey, which was published by The Guardian and won a Webby Award and a One World Media Award for Best Refugee Reporting in 2018.

    Hammer was one of the directors of the documentary Exit Afghanistan published by Netflix in 2016. He has directed eight documentaries for the Norwegian investigative journalism program NRK Brennpunkt. In Norway, where Hammer was born in 1977, he has received the Fritt Ord Award (which is given in support of freedom of expression), the International Reporter's Journalism Award and the Big Journalist Award.  

    Anders Hammer

Awards

2023:
Sheffield Doc/Fest - Sheffield International Documentary Festival
Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film

Festivals

2023:
Sheffield Doc/Fest - Sheffield International Documentary Festival
2023:
DokuFest - International Documentary and Short Film Festival Kosovo
2023:
Frontdoc
2023:
DOC NYC
2023:
Films from the South Festival

Crew

Director:
Anders Hammer
Cinematographer:
Anders Hammer
Editor:
Anders Hammer
Composer:
Farahnaz Hatam
Colin Hacklander

Technical information

Genre:
Documentary
Politics
Investigative
Length in min's:
33'
Language:
Dari
English
Pashto
Subtitles:
English

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