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A journalist recounts her wartime coverage in Afghanistan.


(screenplay), (based on the book "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan" by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Iain MacKelpie
Ali Massoud Sadiq
Fahim Ahmadzai
General Hollanek
Tall Brian
Shakira Khar
Specialist Coughlin
Geri Taub
Ed Faber
Tucker Wang


2003. After careful consideration, Kim Baker, a news copywriter, decides to leave the relative comfort of a New York desk job and serious boyfriend Chris to accept the assignment to work for three months as on-camera reporter in war torn Afghanistan, as her news agency is looking for anyone within their ranks to fill immediately the empty voids overseas. Her only experience of being in such an environment is going through hostile zone training a few years earlier. Immediately upon her arrival in Afghanistan, she realizes that she is ill-prepared emotionally for this assignment, not only enduring the dangers of the war itself, but also the conditions of everyday life, including largely been seen by men as only a "piece of ass" and a distraction despite her being considered average looking back home and not being overtly sexual, and being an individual with a small bladder who is nonetheless told to stay hydrated at all times. She is largely assisted in navigating this new life by Tanya... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


From the headlines to the front lines


Biography | Comedy | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content, drug use and violent war images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 March 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Taliban Shuffle  »

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,443,007 (USA) (4 March 2016)


$23,049,575 (USA) (22 April 2016)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Was dedicated to Donald H. Fey, Tina Fey's father. See more »


Throughout the film, Tall Brian shoots with a Canon XL-1 (and later GL-1) camera. Shots of his viewfinder show a 30p HDV (HD video) text module in the upper corner. XL-1 and GL-1 cameras did not shoot in HDV; their highest resolution was 768 x 576. See more »


Kim Baker: [Putting on blue burqa] It's so pretty I don't even want to vote.
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I Can't Even Lift My Head Up
Written & Performed by Sufjan Stevens
Courtesy of Asthmatic Kitty Records
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Has soul
22 March 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I am impressed. This is one of the few films which has inspired me to read the source material; the autobiography by the journalist Kim Baker..

The film starts with comic moments as greenhorn middle-America Kim Baker (Tina Fey) arrives in a war zone. Then, the film darkens as it touches on the corruption of the expatriate community and the seduction of war reporting.

Surprisingly, Tina Fey can act in a dramatic role. Being comic with a straight face, facing danger, fending off romeos, and falling in love. In the end, Kim Baker rediscovers herself and returns home.

The film deals superficially with the horror faced by Afghan civilians and the root causes of the insurgency. However, this is the story of a white woman in a foreign land.

Overall, the film was predictable but lightly touches the soul. Credit to the editor for walking the difficult line between entertainment and horror. The rest of the cast did a creditable job.

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