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The Afghan Nightmare

Production year: 2011 | 1*54 | Genres: Current Affairs
The Afghan Nightmare is a new - and totally different - kind of film from Afghanistan.
Origin country: Norway
Production company: NRK Norsk Rikskringkasting AS
Original title: The Afghan Nightmare
Original language: Norwegian
Formats: HD

Both NATO and the US are keen to withdraw their forces from Afghanistan, as it is becoming increasingly apparent that victory can never be achieved by military means alone.

The Afghan Nightmare is a new - and totally different - kind of film from Afghanistan, affording as it does a unique insight into the way the western forces operate and, not least, into how they collaborate with local authorities and the police. The story is seen through the eyes of Colonel Solberg in the last half of 2010, and explains how he carries out his mission as overall commander in a province in which the Taliban is steadily intensifying its activities.

Is it possible to conduct talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan? Is it possible to reach a peaceful solution, or will Afghanistan revert to destructive internecine warfare when the western military presence is no longer there to keep the peace? And how does one set about building a sustainable civilian society in this worn-torn country?

The film focuses on what appears to be an unrealistic and impracticable strategy impelled by a wish to pull out from Afghanistan. It presents a detailed and specific review of the obstacles that stand in the way of success, one that has not previously been shown in any documentary from, or about, Afghanistan.

Special Commendation in the TV Current Affairs category of Prix Europa 2011.

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