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Eva Orner 2012

With unprecedented access, Australian, LA based Academy and Emmy award winning filmmaker, Eva Orner, reveals the inspiring story of the Mohseni family – brothers Saad, Jahid, Zaid and sister Wajma – as they return to Afghanistan from Australia to help rebuild their country. They knew nothing about the media, but they know about running a successful business and are passionate about giving the Afghan people a voice that had been taken away from them for so long.


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Running Time: 97 min.
Subject(s): Arts and Culture, Business, Conflicts, Creative, Current Affairs, Economy, History, Human Rights see all »
Language(s): English
Subtitles: English
Director(s):
Producer(s): Eva Orner
Cinematographer: Abazar Khayami
Editor(s): Luis Lopez
Production Company: Nerdy Girl, LLC

Press

  • Orner artfully and engagingly fashions a portrait of television as a form of entertainment and an agent of change
    Variety
  • This could be the pick of SBS’s typically impressive collection of summer documentaries
    The Guardian
  • Non-reality TV finds a place in war-torn Afghanistan in this insightful slice of life of the fledgling broadcast industry.
    Monsters and Critics
    Ron Wilkinson
  • The Network, though, makes a powerful case that, whatever its limitations, a free media, in the form of Sesame Street, cop dramas, travel shows, or women dancing without headscarves, is vital if Afghanistan is ever to know peace.
    The Atlantic
    Noah Berlatsky

Festival & Awards

  • The Heartland Film Festival - 2013
    Grand Prize for Best Documentary Feature
  • SXSW - 2013
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest - 2013
  • Rio International Film Festival - 2013
  • Antenna Documentary Festival - 2013
  • Bergen International Film Festival - 2013
  • CPH:DOX - 2013

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