From inside the office of the city’s most widely read newspaper, The Etilaat Roz is a first-hand account of the 2021 takeover of Kabul by the Taliban. Afghan filmmaker and ‘Etilaat Roz’ staff member Abbas Rezaie relentlessly films and questions his passionate colleagues on the editorial team in the days leading up to, during, and after the takeover. What begins as shock at a surreal situation, gradually shifts to realization of an inescapable reality at their doorstep. Tensions rise as his colleagues must balance their families’ safety with their dedication to provide honest reporting, while the Taliban set their targets on the free press. This dramatic account of a group of courageous journalists in their struggle for truth, freedom, and life is poignantly captured by Rezaie’s camera, fully immersing the viewer in this rapidly changing environment.
In-Person Event: New York: Film at Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center; Thursday, June 1, 6:30-8:30 EDT
Discussion to follow with Fatima Faizi, freelance journalist and special guests. Moderated by John Sifton, Advocacy Director, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch.
Digital Film Screening: Monday, June 5 - Sunday, June 11
Streaming online across the US only.