Filming the Siege of Kabul: Images from the Civil War 1992-1996 – Cinema in the Midst of Struggle
Date: January 17, 2020 - 7:00-9:00PM
The first-ever screening of the film “House of History (Khan-e-Tarikh, 1996)” followed by a Q&A with its director Qader Taheri in conversation with Montréal-based documentary filmmaker Ariel Nasr at J. A. De Sève Cinema, Concordia University, LB Building (1400 De Maisonneuve Ouset, H3G 1M8).
“House of History” is the only documentary produced by the state-run Afghan Film company during the civil war in which Afghanistan was engulfed during the 1990s. In it, Taheri uses a poetic visual style and voice-over narration to illustrate the war-torn Kabul of that period, with its loss of human life, the destruction of vital infrastructures, and the damage caused to the complex and varied cultural heritage of Afghanistan. Taheri’s film is a stunning work of art and an invaluable document of the siege of Kabul in the 1990s, and this screening aims to augment its visibility and continue the recuperation and exhibition of the Afghan film archives in continuation of last year’s screening of “The Forbidden Reel” by Ariel Nasr.
Organizers: Sarika Joglekar, Tanvi Rajvanshi, Marco Meneghin