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Addicted in Afghanistan



United Kingdom England, 2009, HDV - Color - 78

DIRECTED BY:
Jawed Taiman

SCREENPLAY:
Jawed Taiman & Sharron Ward

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Jawed Taiman

EDITING:
Jason Brooks, Sharron Ward, Nigel Taylor

MUSIC:
Elias Shahna & Deen Mohammed Ghamkhwar

SOUND:
Adrian Scott

PRODUCER:
Sharron Ward

PRODUCTION:
Katalyst Productions Ltd

WORLD SALES:
Katalyst Productions Ltd

STORY DESCRIPTION:

1 million Afghans are estimated to be addicted to drugs, especially heroin. Alarmingly, 40% of these are women and children. “Addicted in Afghanistan” is an intimate observational documentary that explores the heartbreaking reality behind the headlines as seen through the eyes of Jabar & Zahir, two 15 year old drug addicts living in Kabul.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Jawed Taiman was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan and now lives in London. Jawed made his first short non-fiction film “Zendan” (“Prison”) in Afghanistan about Allam, a teacher who secretly educated girls in his home in Kabul. It was Broadcast on Tapesh TV in the USA and was awarded Best Short Film, at EICAR Film School, Paris 2006. Zendan also screened at the Short Film Corner Cannes 2007. “Addicted in Afghanistan” is his first documentary.

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