Addicted in Afghanistan

2009 / Afghanistan, United Kingdom / 78min

Afghanistan is a country devastated by the horrors of war, crime, violence and poverty. It is also a country blighted with the cultivation and supply of opium. Although it is estimated that 95% of all heroin on the streets of the UK & Europe comes from Afghanistan, few talk of the drugs that stay within the country and the devastating effects it is having on its children - the youth & future of Afghanistan. After the war on Terror and the fall of the Taliban, what future is there for the next generation? Jabar and Zahir are two 15 year old friends, whose own sisters, mothers and fathers are also addicted to heroin and opium.

“Addicted in Afghanistan” is an intimate and uncompromising portrayal, filmed over a year, of the day to day struggles of a new generation of children addicted to heroin, trying to find their way in the new Afghanistan.


  • Original title
    Addicted in Afghanistan
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Jawed Taiman, Sharron Ward
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Jawed Taiman
  • Editing
    Jason Brooks, Nigel Taylor, Sharron Ward
  • Music
    Elias Shahna, Deen Mohammed Ghamkhwar
  • Sound
    Adrian Scott
  • Duration
    78 min
  • Year
  • Country
    • Afghanistan
    • United Kingdom
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
  • Subtitles
  • Production
    Katalyst Productions Ltd
    United Kingdom
  • Distribution
    Katalyst Productions Ltd
    United Kingdom


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