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‘Madrasa’ movie was not allowed for display in Kabul

By Khushnood Nabizada - Mon Oct 17 2011, 11:10 am

Monday, October 17, 2011 – Afghan recent movie named school ‘Madrasa’ prevented to be displayed in Kabul this week.

Asad Sikandar, filmmaker and actor, says that Afghan authorities prevented the movie ‘Madrasa’ to be displayed in Kabul by the request of Iran Embassy in Kabul, but Sayed Makhtoom Raheen, Minister of Information and Culture denied this claim.

The film “School” is the story of a female Afghan refugee in Iran who cannot join Iran public school.

This movie was supposed to put for display in French Cultural Center hall in Kabul for the first time.

Mr. Sikandar said that around 300 cultural leaders, journalists and filmmakers were invited to see this movie.

But Sayed Makhdoom Raheen, Afghanistan’s Minister of Culture and Information said in an interview with BBC that Mr. Sikandar’s claim regarding Iran’s Embassy intervention to prevent movie show is not true.

Afghan filmmakers condemned prevention for display of this movie and expressed this action is on the contrary to press law and freedom of speech.

Asad said he has worked three years continuously on the production of this movie, but ultimately when it came time to play, the officials did now allow and prevented to put it for display.

There have been great efforts to rebuild Afghan film industry for the last 10 years, but till now at least 5 movies have been prevented to play in Afghanistan due to political considerations, religious and cultural issues.

Ignoring some sensitive political, religious or social controversy and pressures on movies can create many problems for Afghan filmmakers.

A week before the Human Rights Film Festival in the autumn, playing a movie “neighbor” was also confronted with difficulties, but eventually the film was screened at the festival.

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