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Talibanistan

Production year: 2016 | 1*52 | Genres: Current Affairs, Factual - News
Interviews with Taliban soldiers and commanders.
Origin country: Norway
Production company: NRK Norsk Rikskringkasting AS
Original title: Taliban fra innsiden
Original language: English
Formats: HD

The NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was deployed in Afghanistan in 2001, and ended its deployment in late 2014. Little more than a year later, in 2016, the Taliban has grown stronger and holds more territories in Afghanistan than in any year since 2005. ISIS has gained a solid foothold in Afghanistan as well. How and why did this happen?

For two weeks, Norwegian journalist Anders Sømme Hammer has been taken around in the Helmand province in Afghanistan to meet Taliban soldiers and commanders. Meetings have been arranged through local intermediaries who felt convinced that he was not working for the military forces or intelligence services at war against them. The resulting portraits of central members of the Taliban, as well as its victims, are astounding to say the least.

The Taliban members portrayed in this documentary have all taken part in the almost 15 year long fight against foreign and Afghan military forces. They take up arms when commanded to do so, but most of them are farmers. We hear their views and beliefs after years of armed conflict. The Taliban claim to have learned from their past mistakes, but are determined to govern in accordance with a strict interpretation of Sharia law. Here they account for their motivations and the reasons for their actions.

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