The Etilaat Roz

Film Screening

Public Film Screening in the Frame of the Kite Runner Activities


Nov 3rd, 2023 – 6:30 pm – Location: Postane istanbul
Bereketzade Mah. Camekan Sk. No: 9


Admission Free

Or watch on Zoom:


Meeting-ID: 879 5704 2087
Passcode: 900606



The Etilaat Roz by Abbas Rezaie




When the Taliban retook power in Afghanistan, fear and helplessness reigned over the editorial board of the independent newspaper Etilaat Roz. Journalist and director Abbas Rezaie observed the atmosphere in the team, whose members suddenly find their lives in imminent danger.


For ten years, the journalists at ‘Eliat Rooz’, Afghanistan’s largest daily newspaper, have been investigating corruption and abuse of power, for which the independent publication received an award from Transparency International in 2020. As the US army frantically organises its withdrawal, President Ghani flees the country, and the Taliban take over, the full extent of the threat becomes apparent: censorship is imposed, bank accounts are frozen, journalists are attacked in the streets. While the Taliban are firing outside, the publisher and editors are inside discussing what to do next. Is critical reporting still possible? Should they risk their safety and that of their families – or is the price too high?


Director, Screenwriter, Cinematographer – Abbas Rezaie

Producer – Abbas Rezaie, Zaki Daryabi

Editor – Pedram Yar

Length – 92 min.

Year – 2022



Thomas Büsch

Filmmaker and Project Manager Kite Runner

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