THE CRITICAL ROOM: WHAT HAPPENED WHEN THE TALIBAN TOOK POWER IN 2021?
After the Taliban took power – at the same time as the local population attempted to flee Afghanistan – the award winning journalist Nagieb Khaja traveled there to document the Taliban’s seizure of power and the condition of the country. Khaja will be visiting Oslo for the screening of TALIBAN LAND, and will meet Terje Magnussønn Watterdal from the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee (NAC) for a conversation after the film.
Khaja and Watterdal will both tell about how they experienced being in Afghanistan during the dramatic days when Taliban took over summer 2021. What is the situation in the country now, over a year after the takeover, and what does the future look like for the country's struggling population?
- Moderator – Hasina Shirzad is a journalist living in Lillehammer, Norway. She is a student at the Nansen Academy and finalizing her master’s degree at Oslo Met. She has worked with Afghanistan’s electoral committee, with UNESCO in Kabul, the Afghan journalism team and for Khurshid-TV. After she was injured by a car bomb, she left Afghanistan for Norway in 2015. In Norway she has worked with Dagbladet, NOAS and Journalism Media International Centre, Oslo Met, and Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue (NCPD).
- Terje Magnussønn Watterdal is a social economist and activist for education and disabled people's rights. He is currently based in Kabul as the Country Director for the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee (NAC). He has previously worked as an education advisor for governments in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and a senior expert for various UN agencies in Afghanistan and elsewhere in Asia. He holds higher degrees from the University of Mannheim, Germany and the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
About the film
In TALIBAN LAND, journalist Nagieb Khaja documents the West's war on terror and its consequences using Afghanistan as a vantage point. The film paints a nuanced picture of the people behind the image of the enemy of the West, and tells of a country that has been a pawn in a grand political game for several decades.
- The screening of TALIBAN LAND begins at 18.00.
- The conversation after the film will be in English.
The event is a collaboration with The Norwegian Afghanistan Committee (NAC) and is part of the Afghanistan Week 2022. The Norwegian Afghanistan Committee is a member-based solidarity organization that works for the Afghan people, and for long-term development in the Afghan countryside. The Norwegian Afghanistan Committee links all its activities to the UN's sustainability goals, and works according to the values of equality, inclusion, friendship and respect. The committee was established after the Soviet Union's invasion of the country in 1979.
The Critical Room
The Critical Room (TCR) is our forum for debate and conversation. We invite exciting guests from both Norway and abroad to discuss topics that are highlighted in both documentaries and fiction films. This year we are showing five films in the TCR section, each of which in its own way addresses current social issues and problems related to countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.