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Exit Afghanistan

Production year: 2013 | 1*58 | Genres: Current Affairs
Documentary about the Norwegian forces leaving Afghanistan
Origin country: Norway
Production company: NRK Norsk Rikskringkasting AS
Original title: Exit
Original language: Norwegian
Formats: HD | 16:9 | I sound

The Norwegian forces were among the first to leave Afghanistan. They left more than 100,000 NATO troops behind them, all scheduled to withdraw from the country by the end of 2014. As the first documentary of its kind, Exit refers to one of the most important issues of our time - how to retract peacefully from war. International troops are now faced with the possibility of leaving Afghanistan without ensuring the security of the population against the Taliban forces and other criminal groups. Development in country presupposes peace — yet Afghanistan has not seen peace for decades. Exit contains dramatic footage as well as captivating personal stories from war-torn Afghanistan.

International troops are now faced with the possibility of leaving Afghanistan without ensuring the security of the population against the Taliban forces and other criminal groups. Development in country presupposes peace — yet Afghanistan has not seen peace for decades. Exit contains dramatic footage as well as captivating personal stories from war-torn Afghanistan.

We meet the local people from Maimana, the Capital of the northern province Faryab, and in particular two young boys who have grown up in the city, but never lived in peace. "Without peace, there is nothing" says Asmat, a 21 year old boy from Maimana. Asmat is worried about the new challenges arising for him and his family following the recent pullout of the NATO-forces in Faryab.

We have also followed the Norwegian troops closely during their last weeks before the pullout, and have stayed on in the camp to document the takeover of the Afghan security forces. This work has resulted in a remarkable number of up until now untold stories. The footage is unique in itself and also shows how the situation escalates when the Taliban tries to take stronger control over the region after the ISAF soldiers have left the province capital.

In addition to untold personal stories as well as unique footage, this documentary also contains dramatic material from the ID-bombing at the Mosque in Maimana, which was last year’s most deadly in Afghanistan.

This film is representative for the pull-out processes that will follow all over war torn Afghanistan.

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