Afghanistan, Docs projects, NEWS, United Kingdom — 04/19/2012 11:22 PM

UK C4 recruits “Afghan army girls” for its “true stories”

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The UK’s Channel 4 will air a documentary about women joining the Afghan army as part of its summer schedule. “Afghan Army Girls” (1×60′) is produced by London based Raw Cut and follows the lives of three young women as they go through the gruelling recruitment process for the Afghan National Army.


The doc has been ordered by documentaries commissioning editor Anna Miralis and will air later this year as part of the channel’s True Stories documentaries strand.

War photographer and photo journalist Lalage Snow has shot a documentary featuring the women of the Afghan National Army. Well-known for her poignant photographs of soldiers from 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland serving in Afghanistan, she has been working on the film for the last year.

The one-hour special follows three aspiring officer recruits, Zeinab, Samiya and Homa, as they learn military skills. Each girl shares a different reason for signing up, from growing up in a broken country to living a life as a refugee. “Afghan Army Girls” also contrasts their army life by showing their lives at home. “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.” According to Raw Cut, “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.”

Raw Cut funded the filming for six months until the documentary was picked up by ‘True Stories.’

In a video interview with BFBS, Lalage Snow is speaking about how her work portrays the effects of war.

“Afghan Army Girls provides a dramatic insight into the life of the women who have decided to join the Afghan Army,” said Raw Cut’s company director Bill Rudgard. “With the security situation changing constantly we knew we had to go with the access and sell the film later.”

The film is produced by Hugo Ward and executive produced by Steve Warr and Bill Rudgard.

True Stories recently moved to Channel 4 and has since aired a number of successful documentaries including the highest ever rating True Stories, Gypsy Blood with 3m viewers and 17.4% share, America’s Serial Killer, which rated at 1.8 million and got 9.5% share and My Social Network Stalker with 2 million viewers and a 10.9% share.

Miralis said to “With this raft of new commissions and the recent successes of films such as Gypsy Blood and My Social Network Stalker, I’m excited about continuing our commitment to bringing the best of original commissions and international feature-length documentaries to Channel 4.”

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SOURCES: Raw Cut, Channel 4, C21Media,, (19/04/2012)

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