The Forbidden Reel

The Era of Darkness

In the 1990s, Afghan cinema enters an era of darkness as the Taliban take control of the country.

By the mid-1990s, the Taliban had risen to power in Afghanistan.

Certain members of the group wanted to destroy the national archive.

When some Taliban decided to burn it down, one Taliban official took action.

He secretly warned employees at Afghan Film to hide their treasured films.

Amongst the Taliban of that era, there were also those who cherished the history of their homeland.