An outtake from Wrong Way, an aborted Afghan film, included in the documentary feature What We Left Unfinished. Photo: Indexical Films, Afghan Film

‘A different kind of freedom’: Afghanistan’s thwarted filmmakers and the new social order they imagined

  • They hoped to contribute to their country’s awakening from semi-feudal slumber, but its communist rulers soon went from emancipation to repression
  • Their unfinished films were rediscovered by archivist Mariam Ghani. She talks about What We Left Unfinished, her documentary on the films and their makers
Topic |   Asian cinema

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An outtake from Wrong Way, an aborted Afghan film, included in the documentary feature What We Left Unfinished. Photo: Indexical Films, Afghan Film
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A still from the 1998 documentary The Shadow Circus: The CIA in Tibet, directed by Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin.

When the CIA secretly funded and trained Tibetan exiles for insurgency against Chinese rule

  • Part of an experimental Berlin Film Festival programme, exhibition Shadow Circus documents unlikely alliance between exiled Tibetans and the CIA
  • It expands upon a 1998 documentary in which Tibetans tell how they were chosen by the CIA, and US spy agency officers explain rationale for supporting them
Topic |   Asian cinema

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A still from the 1998 documentary The Shadow Circus: The CIA in Tibet, directed by Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin.
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