The Kandahar Massacre is considered one of the most severe war crime blamed on a member of the U.S. Armed Forces since the war in Vietnam. In the early morning hours of March 11, 2012, U.S. Staff Sergeant Robert Bales allegedly killed 16 Afghan civilians in villages near the military camp where he was based.
2470media's Lela Ahmadzai travelled to Afghanistan and spoke to the survivors who lost their closest relatives in the night of Bales' riot. The product of her journey is a documentary that moves the focus away from the suspect and tells the story of the victims whose voices, so far, have remained publicly unheard.
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Director, Cinematographer: Lela Ahmadzai
Additional cinematography: Mamoon Durrani
Editor: Nidal Bulbul
Assistant Producer: Stephan Bader
Executive Producer: Michael Hauri
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In Afghanistan women aren’t granted the opportunity to freely develop in many levels of society. Football gives women in Afghanistan the chance to build confidence and a new quality of life unknown to them before. Fear of attack is an ever-present threat. That is why the women’s team is accompanied by security detail and train every other day on ISAF’s military base in Kabul. Therefore it is not unusual for the women to be forced to interrupt practice for the landing of a military helicopter at midfield. The young women’s parents, while supporting their daughter’s wishes to play football, are also concerned with their safety and future. In a patriarchal society, like Afghanistan, football is considered inappropriate for women. Between this tension of excitement for sports and the traditional roles that afghan women have in society, rests my photography.
For the love of football, these women put their lives at risk. They learned to play in the Afghan women’s national team. Sabera lives outside of Kabul. Every other day she makes a two hour long journey through the perilous streets of Afghanistan. She says, “My parents have take many risks, so I can play football. They support my wish and also support our team providing information about women’s football.
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