When Saad Mohseni, an Afghan-Australian, landed in post-Taliban Kabul he had no experience in the media field. Working with his siblings to establish the television network TOLO, he quickly realized the depth of the Afghan appetite for a connection with a bigger world. Deprived of any entertainment during the Taliban, Afghans attended public executions instead. Today, through TOLO and many other outlets, Afghans have access to a broad spectrum of media, and freedom of expression has undeniably taken root in the country.
Director Eva Orner won an Oscar for her work on the 2009 documentary Taxi to the Dark Side, about an Afghan taxi driver who gets caught up in the U.S. global war on terror. Wanting to show a different side of Afghanistan, Orner spent three months filming The Network in Kabul. The film documents not only the unlikely rise of TOLO, but also the transformation of Afghan society in the last dozen years and the challenges that it still faces.
The screening will begin at 3:30 sharp and will be followed by a Q&A with Eva Orner and Ahmad Shafi, an Afghan journalist featured in The Network who lived and worked under the Taliban.
Light refreshments will be served.
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