Love City, Jalalabad
is a movie starring
Ahmad Zia Abir, Noor Agha Ahmadi, and Fawad Ahmadzai.
A wild and funny documentary showing how the progressive youth of Afghanistan are rejecting the use of armed force and see film production as an alternative means of bringing peace and social change to their war-torn and occupied country.
In 1964, when Bob Dylan released "The Times They Are a-Changin'", the song helped start a youth revolution. 50 years later, the youth of Jalalabad, Afghanistan have had enough gloom and doom and want to use their creativity to bring freedom and joy. Their first step is to rename Jalalabad to Love City by parading a billboard through the streets, proclaiming it a place of love and no more war. This is the beginning of an amazingly joyous ride, as the group attempts to take their Cinema Circus to the notoriously militant Tora Bora mountains. Along the way, a 19 year old actor becomes the first female director of a Pashtun film; a 9 year old girl, Medina, becomes a movie star and a young actor tries to use his art to convince the family of the girl he loves, to agree to their wedding. Regularly the group encounters the forces of darkness, corruption and ignorance, but their optimism sees them safely through. LOVE CITY, JALALABAD is a feelgood movie which will reaffirm your hope for ...
An amazing look into the artistic culture of Afghanistan.
George Gittoes came to my school by request, and graciously presented the near-final cut of this film. It shows the amazing spirit of many Afghan artists, most of whom must deal with the culture that is growing more and more hateful and fearful of them. These artists seek to create romantic films with a message of joy and tolerance, in an environment where the Taliban seek to destroy anything that dares to go against their ideals.
My only fear is that Gittoes, by guiding the artists directly, may actually be forcing their hand, and not giving them expression.
Either way, this is an amazing film that draws the viewer into another world, and shows us another type of family.
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