The Forbidden Reel

The Birth of Afghan Cinema

The late 1960s became known as the birth of cinema in Afghanistan when Afghan Film was established.

In 1968, the state-funded Afghan Film production and archive institute opened and Afghan cinema was born.

Since then, many aspects of Afghan culture have been systematically destroyed or forgotten.

But the Afghan Film’s archive has been largely preserved through all of these years. A small group of people risked their lives to save the national archive.

They managed to preserve the films and records of all of the other “Afghanistans” that existed – saving decades of history.

They believed these films had something to give to the present moment. We will send the episode details with a new episode each week.