The West has poured billions of dollars into Afghanistan, and sacrificed the lives of thousands of soldiers, but to many people back home it’s a confusing, frightening mystery, a place of war, extremism and bitter poverty.
Afghanistan at Work is a documentary project inspired by its predecessor kabulatwork.tv which offered a window into the soul of this much-maligned country through the working lives of ordinary people, from a graffiti artist, a gambler to a female MP, Afghan commando, or a beleaguered mayor.
The TV series, which premiered on Afghanistan’s biggest broadcaster (repeated three times due to its huge popularity) garnered a great deal of attention from the international media fascinated by this alternative portrait of the country.
This time instead of portraying individuals, we are focusing on powerful central characters with a strong supporting cast to showcase Afghanistan’s rich and complex society. Modern-day saints, sportsmen, canny businessmen, technocrats, and many more all make an appearance.