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Return to Afghanistan (2007)

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Initiated in July of 2001, Pashtun filmmaker Vida Zaher Khadem's documentary about her brother's return to their homeland of Afghanistan takes on deeper meaning than she ever suspected when the male-dominated society of her ...See moreInitiated in July of 2001, Pashtun filmmaker Vida Zaher Khadem's documentary about her brother's return to their homeland of Afghanistan takes on deeper meaning than she ever suspected when the male-dominated society of her Taliban-controlled country - including her own family - objects to her role as an independent filmmaker. Vida's brother Baktash was born in Afghanistan and educated in America. After training as a pilot, overseas, however, he begins to feel as if he has lost his roots. When Vida decided to return to Afghanistan to explore their family tree, even her own uncle tried to dissuade her from overstepping her gender boundaries and assuming the role of director. Later, while traveling to the remote villages of her family tribes, Vida was frequently forced to wait in the car while the men in her crew captured their footage. A mere four weeks after returning to the United States, the film crew was witness to one of the most ferocious terrorist attacks in modern history. Realizing that since the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks were based in Afghanistan the American authorities will likely seek her crew out for questioning, the filmmakers immediately make copies of all of their footage and quickly contact the FBI - who in turn use that footage to learn more about the political and social structures in Afghanistan. Shortly thereafter, Jawad Wassel, Vida's mentor and cinematographer in Afghanistan, is murdered while attempting to complete his own film FireDancer. In the aftermath of that tragedy, Vida sets aside her own film and convinced producer John C. Roche to help her finish FireDancer, which would subsequently become Afghanistan's first ever submission to the Academy Awards. Return to Afghanistan is not just the story of a man's return to his roots, but a far reaching meditation on one woman's quest to remain faithful to her family while railing against a society governed by rules she detests, and attempting to maintain her balance while caught up in a war between the East and the West. Written by William Nix, Executive Producer See less
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Dumbali
Himself - Village Leader Himself - Village Leader   See fewer
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Ayse Eldek
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Fatima
Herself - Woman On Hilltop Herself - Woman On Hilltop   See fewer
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Shireen Gul
Herself - Marriage Expert Herself - Marriage Expert   See fewer
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Hawa
Herself - Daugher of Dumbali Herself - Daugher of Dumbali   See fewer
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Soifoor Jaan
Himself - Mine Clearance Himself - Mine Clearance   See fewer
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Aryan Khadem
Himself - Young Cousin Himself - Young Cousin   See fewer
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Bashir Khadem
Himself - Uncle Himself - Uncle   See fewer
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Zeba Khadem
Herself - Mother Herself - Mother   See fewer
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Gul Mama
Himself - Meaning Of Life Man Himself - Meaning Of Life Man   See fewer
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Murtaza
Himself - Young Man In Gazi Himself - Young Man In Gazi   See fewer
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Naqiullah
Himself - Marriage Expert Himself - Marriage Expert   See fewer
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Prawng
Himself - Son of Dumbali Himself - Son of Dumbali   See fewer
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Sahawalli
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Nabi Ullah
Himself - Flute Player Himself - Flute Player   See fewer
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Jawed Wassel
Himself - Friend Himself - Friend   See fewer
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Abdul Zaher
Himself - Father Himself - Father   See fewer
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Baktash Zaher
Himself - Brother Himself - Brother   See fewer
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