Monday, 10/25, 8:15pm (Session X)
The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan
(52 minutes) Afghanistan/UK
Director/Producer: Jamie Doran, Najibullah Quraishi
As the West pours billions of dollars into the fight against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, an ancient tradition (banned when the Taliban were in power) has re-emerged across the rest of the country. Many hundreds of young boys living in extreme poverty are lured off the streets on the promise of a new life away from destitution, unaware their real fate is to be used for entertainment by the warlords and other powerful men of Afghanistan. Having gained remarkable access inside a sexual exploitation ring, award-winning Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi investigates this illegal practice, the consequences of which are shrouded by a focus on the war. The film exposes the lack of support from those in authority and explores possible responses to the plight of children in this conflict zone.
Jamie Doran is an award-winning director, producer and internationally published author. Recent awards include the Gold Special Jury Prize 'REMI' for Afghan Massacre: The Convoy of Death and the World Gold Medal at the New York festivals for The Need for Speed.
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