“Afghan Army Girls” (Raw Cut, UK, 2012)

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“These women are pioneers in Afghanistan and face a very real danger of being targeted by the Taliban. Many have also been accused of bringing shame on their families, but each has a different reason for signing up to the army. For many it is to embrace women’s liberation in a country that has been subjected to strict Islamic law. Others have lost family members at the hands of the Taliban and feel that this is their chance to take positive action. For all of them, this is a challenge like no other. Afghan Army Girls tells their remarkable stories.

The Afghan National Army has, for the first time ‘post Taliban’, opened its doors to women… and Raw Cut has been allowed inside, to film the 20 week training program.” (rawcut.tv)

“Afghan Army Girls
Afghan Army Girls follows the journey of three incredible young women as they go through a gruelling recruitment process into the Afghan National Army. Each girl shares a different reason for signing up, from growing up in a broken country to living a life as a refugee. Yet they all share one thing in common – persecution and death threats for choosing a career which are usually described as a man’s job. In a rapidly changing country this film provides candid access to these women at a pivotal moment in Afghanistan’s modern history and for the first time, young teenage Afghan girls are filmed away from the strict social confines they grew up with. As they adapt into their new surroundings and way of life, the film portrays their hopes, fears and ambitions to succeed. Whilst wrestling with the cultural customs concerning their role as women in a new Afghanistan, they also deal with normal everyday issues that young girls worry about from fashion, diets and make-up to family values, sex and marriage.” (tvthrong.co.uk)


Genre: Factual / News

Production company: Raw Cut 

Director: Lalage Snow

Executive Producers: Bill Rudgard and Steve Warr

Duration: 1x 60 min

Broadcaster: Channel 4 
Film page on Raw Cut website

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