59m 16s | 2013
Despite the volume of media produced about Afghanistan since the American invasion of 2001, it is relatively rare to get a sense of what life is like for normal Afghans. Rarer still is it to see that life unmediated by western eyes. Director Nagieb Khaja, whose parents were originally from Afghanistan, provided villagers in Helmand with smartphones in an attempt to show these narratives. Cameras would arouse suspicion, but shooting on phones would not. We see lives of a range of Afghans - young, old, farmers, students, men, women. Khaja also examines his own relationship with the country of his parents, and the people’s relationship with the West.