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S H A T T E R E D AFGHANISTAN - HOW CAN I IMAGINE PEACE (S P L I T T E R AFGHANISTAN - WIE KANN ICH FRIEDEN DENKEN)

S H A T T E R E D  AFGHANISTAN - HOW CAN I IMAGINE PEACE
photo © Reidemeister & Barthel

From 2002 to 2011, we travelled to Afghanistan eight times. We were amazed by the courage, cheerfulness, and tenacity of the Afghan people. How do Afghans manage to survive the disaster of three decades of war? A triology of films emerged: TEXAS–KABUL, WAR AND LOVE IN KABUL, and
S H A T T E R E D AFGHANISTAN.

S H A T T E R E D AFGHANISTAN recounts, in fragments, stories of tender affinity and existential need. It confronts us with the everyday lives of war invalids. It brings us close to those who impress us with their resilience and will to survive. The Italian, Alberto Cairo, helps all injured people without discriminating. Children, women, and men coming from all parts of the country are provided prostheses and wheelchairs – and, in addition, job training, employment and life perspectives. Cairo’s orthopedic clinic in Kabul, established with the aid of the International Red Cross, has become an institution for the whole country and is renowned world-wide.

S H A T T E R E D AFGHANISTAN tells us about people who have not allowed the destruction of the war to break them.


Helga Reidemeister was born in Halle/Saale in 1940. She studied Fine Art at the College of Fine Arts in Berlin and worked as a restorer after her graduation in 1965. Working as social worker in the 1960s, her inspiration turned to film. She studied at the German Film & Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin from 1973-1978 and began making documentaries in 1971. Her films include: WHO SAYS IT IS FATE? (1979), WITH THE EYES FIXED ON THE MONEY (1983), WALKING TALL: RUDI DUTSCHKE – TRAILS (1988), RODINA MEANS HOME (1992), GOD’S CELL – A WOMEN’S PRISON (2001), TEXAS–KABUL (2004), WAR AND LOVE IN KABUL (2008), and S H A T T E R E D AFGHANISTAN (2013).
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2013
Director Helga Reidemeister
Cinematography Lars Barthel
Producers Helga Reidemeister, Lars Barthel, Maja Engelbrecht
Production Company Reidemeister & Barthel/Berlin
Length 73 min
Format DCP, DigiBeta, DVD, color, 16:9
Original Version
 Pashto, German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Hof 2013, Laboratorio Immagine Donna Florence 2013
With backing from German Federal Film Board

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