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The Global Afghan Tragedy In Movies

Afghanistan is one of the countries that has come to be associated with wars, killings, displacement, and misery in our generation. It began a war cycle four decades ago and has not stopped.

Because of its strategic importance, it is also a site of ongoing regional and international conflict.

The story of beautiful land is both blessed and cursed. A country that has been embroiled in wars for a long time, with few remembering when it began or why, even though more than forty years have passed since fighting and wars flared up and have not subsided until today.

Afghanistan's story has been told in many films, as have many other tragedies worldwide, to shed light on the suffering. So below are some movies that took up the case and showed what is really- going on with Afghani women especially.

Charlie Wilson's War" - 2007

During the reign of former US President Reagan, the United States supported the Afghan fighters "Mujahideen" against the Soviet Union. American actor Tom Hanks played the role of US Congressman Charlie Wilson, one of the most important supporters of the American funding program for the Mujahideen, which lasted until 1991.

The Lone Survivor" - 2013

The movie is based on the story of US Navy soldier Marcus Luttrell and his participation in Operation Red Wings, which targeted a group of Taliban fighters in the Afghan province of Kunar in 2005. Actor Mark Wahlberg in the film played the character of Luttrell, who was the only survivor after all his colleagues were killed in an ambush.

"The Kite Runner" - 2007

The film is based on the famous novel of the same name by Khaled Hosseini and directed by German-Swiss director Marc Forster. The film deals with broad concepts such as guilt and the desire to atone for it by presenting the events that Afghanistan witnessed over half a century—beginning with the collapse of the monarchy, passing through the Russian invasion, and ending with the Taliban's accession to power.

"The Breadwinner" - 2017

There is also an animated film based on the novel The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis. The movie tells the story of a girl who disguises herself as a boy so that she can work and help her family. American actress Angelina Jolie served as executive producer on the film, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

"Hava" movie 2019

A movie by the Afghan director Sahra Karimi, it was shown at the Venice Film Festival in 2019. The movie tells the story of three women Hava, Myriam, and Ayesha - living in Kabul, surrounded by three different social contexts. The filmmaker addressed an open letter warning the world of the Taliban before the Afghan capital fell under their control.

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