Film screening and Talk at Postane in Istanbul.

Friday – July 7 at 6:30 pm

The Forbidden Reel is a Modern Afghan Cinema Survival Story

Canada, 2019, 119 min, documentary, languages: Dari, English, with English subtitles
Director: Ariel Nasr


Afghan filmmakers gave birth to an extraordinary national cinema and protected it from extremists. Afghan-Canadian director Ariel Nasr crafts a thrilling and utterly original story of modern Afghanistan.


Afghanistan in the second half of the 20th century was characterized by oppression and violence. In his documentary “The Forbidden Reel,”  Ariel Nasr chooses the perspective of Afghan film history to approach these contexts of contemporary history. In addition to numerous interviews with film historian Mariam Ghani, filmmakers Latif Ahmadi and Siddiq Barmak, actress Yasmin Yarmal and other key figures, he shows film clips from the archives of the national film institute Afghan Film.


They provide a glimpse into a rich culture during a time when the country experienced many drastic changes, from the communist regime to the war with Russia to the oppression of the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban.



The Forbidden Reel (Trailer, 90 sec.) from NFB/marketing on Vimeo.


After the film, there will be a discussion with the team of Kite Runner.


Physical and Virtual screening / Free


If you are not in Istanbul, you can watch the discussion and screening on ZOOM:


Meeting-ID: 879 5704 2087
Passcode: 900606



In cooperation with Postane Istanbul. Postane is an urban solidarity space that aims to host social, environmental, and urban impact-oriented works and joint cultural production.



Bereketzade Neighborhood, Camekan Street No:9
Galata, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Türkiye



Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker and Project Manager Kite Runner

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