Addicted in Afghanistan, Feature documentary, Katalyst Productions, 2009, 78 mins
An intimate feature-length observational documentary that explores the heart-breaking reality behind the headlines as seen through the eyes of Jabar & Zahir, two 15 year old drug addicts living in Kabul. The documentary is an intimate and uncompromising portrayal, filmed over a year, of the day to day struggles of a new generation of children addicted to heroin, trying to find their way in the new Afghanistan.
“Addicted” was selected for the Sheffield Doc Fest Meet Market & was awarded both development and post production funding from the Jan Vrijman Fund at IDFA. The film has been selected at over 30 international film festivals including IDFA & Sheffield Doc/Fest 2009. It has won 5 international film festival awards & has been sold & broadcast on BBC Persia, DR2 TV Denmark, Maori TV New Zealand, CBC Documentary Channel Canada, Telewijza Poland, amongst others.
Languages: Farsi, Dari, Pashto, Persian Subtitles: English. Directed by Jawed Taiman, Produced by Sharron Ward, Music by Elias Shahna & Deen Mohammed Ghamkhmer, Online Editor Nigel Taylor, Edited by Jason Brooks & Sharron Ward. A FilmFXZone/Katalyst Production, 2009.
Awards for Addicted in Afghanistan: Shortlisted for Grierson Best Newcomer Award 2010, Awarded Best Director of Documentary Award – Asian First Film Festival, Best European Documentary Feature Award – European Independent Film Festival, Aloha Accolade Award for Excellence in Filmmaking – Honolulu International Film Festival, Golden Ace Award for Excellence in Filmmaking – Las Vegas International Film Festival, Nominated Best Documentary Film – Milan International Film Festival, Golden Palm Award – Mexico International Film Festival.
“Riveting,” – The Lancet,
“A powerful & emotional film,” – Karl French.
“A heart-breaking glimpse into the daily life of Afghani children who are addicted to drugs” – IDFA.
“Thank god for this kind of insightful, courageous filmmaking. This is a story that doesn’t get on the news every night. But it bloody well should.” – Hussain Currimbhoy, Sheffield DocFest Programmer.