You are invited to the public screening of Kabul: Rehab Hell at Yolo Art Center in Istanbul on Saturday December 17th at 5:30 pm. After the screening will be a discussion with the Kite Runner team about the movie.


Since the Taliban retook Kabul in August 2021, the humanitarian situation has deteriorated considerably. Afghanistan remains the world’s largest producer of opium and the country also has high rates of addiction. The Taliban is trying to rid the country of heroin addicts, with particularly brutal methods.


This documentary is an examination into the Taliban’s contradictory tolerance to drugs in the past and present, their harsh new crackdown on addicts and the psychological state of a desperate country that has been trapped in an endless cycle of struggle and brutality.


Earlier this year, Taliban fighters stormed two areas where addicts gather – the one on the hillside and another under a bridge.


They picked up some 1,500 people, according to officials in charge of registering them.


They were herded into trucks and cars and taken to the Avicenna Medical Hospital for Drug Treatment – a former US military base that in 2016 was converted into a drug treatment centre.



The site is the biggest of a number of treatment camps around the capital.


The addicts are shaved and kept in barracks for 45 days and they get no treatment or meds as they go through withdrawal.

Distribution: Arte Reportage 2022


Moon Dogs Films


Director: Jordan Bryon, Marcel Mettelsiefen


Yolo Arte Center: Kara Sarikli Sk. 3A Balat/Istanbul


If you are not able to attend the screening at Yolo Art Center you can watch the screening and the discussion at ZOOM:


Join Zoom Meeting on December 17th at 5:30 pm


Meeting ID: 879 5704 2087
Passcode: 900606


Looking forward to see you at the screening.


Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker and Project Manager Kite Runner

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