216 After War Before Peace - in Search of Democracy in Afghanistan

After War Before Peace - in Search of Democracy in Afghanistan (216)

16:00, Wednesday 01st July, Theatre B

  • Director: Christof Thurnherr (SWI)
  • Year: 2006
  • Run time: 34'
  • Format: Mini DV

Lal, a remote bazaar surrounded by the high mountains of the Western Paropamisus in Central Afghanistan, struggles to find peace after more than 30 years of war. Former Mujaheddin Commanders, religious leaders and newly elected state officials each have their respective views of this new system called “democracy”. This film tells about their past and reveals their individual expectations for the future. In the meantime, ordinary life continues in these harsh wintery surroundings.

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