Sunday, January 14, 2007

An Afghan Paradox

Last year, an Indian Bollywood film named Kabul Express was filmed in Afghanistan in the face of Taliban threats. Paradoxically, it appears that while the film could be made in Afghanistan, it can't be shown there. A January 6th report originally from the Pakistani newspaper Dawn has the details:

Afghanistan has banned a Bollywood film about journalists in the war-ravaged country because parts of it were deemed offensive to one of Afghanistan's ethnic minorities, a government official said on Saturday.

Kabul Express charts a 48-hour journey by three journalists in post-Taliban Afghanistan. It opened to mixed reviews in India last month.

"The film has some sentences which were very offensive towards one of Afghanistan's ethnicities, namely the Hazara," said Minister of Culture adviser Najib Manalai. "For this reason it has been banned."


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