Reel Afghanistan, an initiative of Education Through Art, which aims to create an educational and artistic dialogue between Afghanistan and the UK, takes place in Edinburgh from 21st – 28th February 2008.
I was vaguely aware of the festival thanks to the film season taking place at the Filmhouse from today until 8 March. However it wasn’t until I read an article in today’s G2 supplement in the Guardian that everything was put into perspective.
The article, entitled If I find one reel, I must kill you, explains how 1996 was a turning point for the Afghan film industry, as the Taliban decreed that all film was heretical and had to be destroyed. It’s worth taking a few minutes to read the piece, it might make what follows make a bit more sense.
I can’t really do the Festival justice on this blog, but everything is explained in detail over at the Reel Afghanistan website.
I’ll cover a few more of the events taking place over the next few days. There should be something for everyone here.