With all the turmoil and foreign affairs debate surrounding Afghanistan, it’s easy to forget about the millions of Afghan civilians still dealing with the consequences that have resulted from over thirty years of war. Families from all over the country who struggle to make a living are finding themselves caught between the crossfire of NATO forces and the Taliban. Anytime they interact or help one side, they risk facing major repercussions from the other. This dynamic has led to increased civilian casualties and waning support for the war at both home and abroad. More importantly, it raises serious questions about what modern life must be like for an average Afghan family and what hope they have, with or without foreign intervention.
One film, Black Tulip, which I am honored to work on, seeks to answer some of those questions by going behind the mud walls and busy streets of Kabul to take an in depth look at one such family. As Afghanistan’s official submission for Best Foreign Film at this year’s Academy Awards, Black Tulip has been turning heads in both Washington and Hollywood alike.
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