Addicted in Afghanistan

  • United Kingdom
  • Afghanistan
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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
  • DOP
    Jawed Taiman
  • Editing
    Jason Brooks, Nigel Taylor, Sharron Ward
  • Music
    Elias Shahna, Deen Mohammed Ghamkhwar
  • Sound
    Adrian Scott
  • Duration
    78 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United Kingdom
    • Afghanistan
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
      • Katalyst Productions Ltd
      • London
      • United Kingdom
  • Distribution
      • Katalyst Productions Ltd
      • London
      • United Kingdom
  • Festivals
    • World Premiere, Sheffield Doc/Fest 2009
    • International Premiere, IDFA - First Appearance Competition 2009
    • Watchdocs Human Rights Film Festival Poland 2009
    • Asian First Film Festival December 2009
    • Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival March 2010
    • ECU - European Independent Film Festival, Paris March 2010
    • The Drugs and Harm Reduction Film Festival, Liverpool April 2010
    • Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival, Doha Qatar April 2010
    • Honolulu International Film Festival 2010
    • Afghanistan Alive! Film Archiv, Vienna Austria April 2010
    • The Norwegian International Documentary Film Festival April 2010
    • DokFest Munich, May 2010
    • Documenta Madrid May 2010
    • Milan International Film Festival May 2010
    • The Las Vegas International Film Festival June 2010
    • Yerevan International Film Festival July 2010
    • Spotlight on Afghanistan, DokuFest Kosovo Sept 2010
    • Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland Sept 2010
    • Docs DF Film Festival, Mexico City, Sept 2010
    • Pravo Ljudski Human Rights Film Festival, Bosnia & Herzegovina, November 2010
    • MiradasDoc, Tenerife, Spain October 2010
    • Ambulante Film Festival, Morelia Mexico March 2011
    • Cleveland International Film Festival, March 2011
    • The Bigger Picture Drugs Conference, Dublin November 2011
    • Human Rights Film Festival, Kabul Afghanistan 2011
  • Awards
    • Best Director of Documentary Award, Asian First Film Festival, Singapore 2009
    • Best European Documentary Feature Award, ECU - European Independent Film Festival, Paris March 2010
    • Aloha Accolade Award for Excellence in Filmmaking, Honolulu International Film Festival 2010
    • Golden Ace Award for Excellence in Filmmaking, Las Vegas International Film Festival 2010
    • Nominated Best Documentary Film, Milan International Film Festival 2010
    • Golden Palm Award, Mexico International Film Festival 2010
    • Shortlisted for Grierson Best Newcomer Award 2010. is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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