Addicted In Afghanistan
Addicted In Afghanistan

Addicted In Afghanistan

Director Jawed Taiman

Production year 2009

Length 78min.

Country Afghanistan/UK


Afghanistan is a country devastated by the horrors of war, crime, violence and poverty. It is also a country blighted with the cultivation and supply of opium. Although it is estimated that 95% of all heroin on the streets of the UK and Europe comes from Afghanistan, but few talk of the drugs that stay within the country itself and the devastating effects it is having on its children – the future of Afghanistan. After the war on Terror ends and the Taliban falls, what future is there for the next generation of Afghans? Jabar and Zahir are two 15-year-old friends, whose sisters, mothers and fathers are also addicted to heroin and opium.


Best Director of Documentary Award | Asian First FF, , 2009

Winner of Feature Documentary | European Independent FF, Paris, France, 2010

Aloha Accolade Award for Excellence in Filmmaking | Honolulu IFF, USA, 2010

Golden Palm Award | Mexico IFF, Mexico, 2010


Jawed Taiman
Jawed Taiman



Sharron Ward


Sharron Ward, Jawed Taiman

Director of Photography

Jawed Taiman

Music by

Elias Shahna, Deen Mohammed Ghamkhwar


Adrian Scott


Jason Brooks


Jabar, Zahir

Production company(ies)

Katalyst Productions Ltd

Jawed Taiman

He was born in Kandahar, Afghanistan, now lives in London. He made his first short non-fiction film Zendan (Prison) in Afghanistan about Allam, a teacher who secretly educated girls in his home in Kabul. It was broadcast on Tapesh TV in the USA and was awarded Best Short Film at EICAR Film School, Paris 2006. Zendan also was screened at the Short Film Corner Cannes, 2007. Addicted in Afghanistan is his first documentary.


Prison (2006), Addicted in Afghanistan (2009)

FILMS 2010