Afghan security forces are non-existent, a president has fled to Tajikistan, and the fundamentalists have settled in an empty place.
Last May, when the Taliban were already in control of a large part of the country, our filmmakers followed the “masters of the countryside” on their land, whose public stonings had struck fear into the hearts of the whole world.
Twenty years after being driven out of power by the American military intervention, the Taliban entered Kabul, without resistance, to the astonishment of the international community.
With Afghan security forces non-existent and a president on the run in Tajikistan, the fundamentalists have settled into an empty place.
Last May, when the Taliban were already in control of a large part of the country, our filmmakers followed the “masters of the countryside” on their land, whose public stonings had struck fear into the whole world.
Zainab, 10 years old, spends four hours a day learning the Koran in a makeshift school, as the Taliban had not built a school for girls. Her father, who lost relatives in an Afghan and US forces attack, praises the fighters, who he says keep the village safe. Grocers and farmers, under constant vigilance, say the same thing…
The Taliban are everywhere: from food legislation to the frequency of prayers, they interfere in all aspects of daily life. Not far away, in a mosque, the “shadow government” decides on laws and new prohibitions. Then, at the foot of a hundred-year-old tree, judges administer justice in a public court. The only sanctuary for the women, otherwise invisible in the public space: the clinic, where they share their pains with a young general practitioner from the capital.
By immersing themselves in a Taliban village, and after having obtained rare access to the main institutions, the filmmakers shed a disturbing light on today’s Taliban society, and on the workings of this ultra-conservative parallel state which, if the rebels win, could well foreshadow the Afghanistan of tomorrow.
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Language(s):German; unidentified language(s) from Afghanistan