16218C THE FORBIDDEN REEL 1
Canadian Documentary Competition

THE FORBIDDEN REEL

Year 2019
Runtime 109 mins
Language English, Arabic
Subtitles English Subtitles
Alberta Premiere
Streaming Information
  • Online Only
  • Availability: Full Festival
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The incredible story of Afghanistan’s fearless and visionary filmmakers—and the films we almost never got to see.

Nothing about the bullet-scarred building indicates the astonishing story that unfolded within the walls of Afghan Film. It was here in the '70s and '80s that an impassioned clique of filmmakers, often working across enemy lines, gave birth to a progressive national cinema amidst war and chaos. It was here, in an episode worthy of a spy thriller, that a network of cinephiles conspired to protect this precious legacy from the extremists who destroyed the great Buddhas of Bamiyan.

Afghan-Canadian director Ariel Nasr brings this epic history to shimmering life, juxtaposing insider testimony from “Engineer” Latif Ahmadi, Siddiq Barmak, and other key players with freshly restored images from Afghan Film’s extraordinary archive. Marveling in all the mysterious and fragile power of movies, he crafts a visually absorbing and utterly original story of modern Afghanistan.

Countries

Canada
Festivals
International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2019
Director
Ariel Nasr
Executive Producer
Annette Clarke, Sergeo Kirby, Jane Jankovic
Producer
Kat Baulu (NFB), Sergeo Kirby (Loaded Pictures)
Screenwriter
Ariel Nasr
Cinematographer
Duraid Munajim
Editor
Annie Jean
Music
Olivier Alary
Cast
Latif Ahmadi, Siddiq Barmak, Mariam Ghani, Yasmin Yarmal