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GENERATION KUNDUZ - THE WAR OF THE OTHERS (GENERATION KUNDUZ - DER KRIEG DER ANDEREN)

GENERATION KUNDUZ - THE WAR OF THE OTHERS
Scene from GENERATION KUNDUZ (photo © Martin Gerner)

The story of five young Afghans in Kunduz, a city in the Afghan war and a former stronghold of the Taliban who now fight against US and German soldiers. Between the frontlines, Mirwais, a 10-year-old boy, talks of war and peace like an adult. Nazanin, a local radio reporter, fights for women’s rights while wearing a burka. Hasib, a student and activist for democracy, dreams of free and fair elections. And Ghulam and Khatera are shooting a film in the middle of the armed conflict. A look into the minds of a young generation which lives in fear of insurgent attacks and the consequences of the foreign military’s presence. Daily life suddenly switching to disrupting realities. Nevertheless, all five protagonists dream of a better society, like their counterparts in the Arab world. But will the wishes of these young Afghans be heard?

No authentic picture of the people of Kunduz exists to date. For this reason, the film team met the local population without the protection of the military. Going beyond the usual statements of international aid, the film challenges our own Western perspective. A rare glimpse at the almost unknown reality which is Afghanistan today. Kunduz was the first base for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) outside of Kabul. The resurfacing of armed opposition groups and NATO forces since 2008 has made Kunduz a place of fighting ever since.
Genre Current Affairs, Politics
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2011
Director Martin Gerner
Screenplay Martin Gerner
Cinematography Resa Asarschahab, Ali Husseini, Karim Amin, Martin Gerner
Producer Martin Gerner
Production Company Martin Gerner Filmproduktion/Cologne
Length 80 min
Format HDCAM, color, 16:9
Original Version
 Afghan Persian
Subtitled Versions English, German
Festivals Monteal World Film Festival 2011, DOK Leipzig 2011 (German Competition), FIPA Biarritz 2012, Augenweide 2012
Awards DEFA Promotion Prize Leipzig 2011, Best Documentary Augenweide 2012
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Filmwerkstatt Kiel

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http://www.generation-kunduz.com