Nagieb Khaja is a Danish journalist of Afghani origin and he believes that the West makes decisions on Afghanistan based on an uninformed view of the country and its people. Nagieb is in short a man with a mission. A few years ago he traveled to Afghanistan to write about the simplistic media image of the country and subsequently ended up as a Taliban prisoner, barely escaping alive. On his next trip to Afghanistan, Nagieb brought 30 mobile cameras and asked local civilians to film their lives. For the first time we are invited into the life in the forbidden zone, with all the joys and sorrows, victories and defeats, associated with living in the shadow of war—whether you are a teenager with dreams for your future, active in the fight against corruption in the local community or a family member responsible for everyone's survival.
CAST & CREW
Lise Lense-Møller, Henrik Grunnet
Director of Photography
Henrik Bohn Ipsen, Shukrullah, Abdul Mohammed, Habibullah (Haji Sahib), Juma Gul, Nargis, Fereshta, Mawladad, Ramadan
Stein Berge Svendsen
Anders Villadsen, Andreas Bøggild Monies
Magic Hour Films, Grunnet Film
Born 1979 Copenhagen, Denmark. Khaja started his career in 2003 as an investigative journalist for a national Danish newspaper. He was later hired by the national Danish public service TV-station DR. In 2005 he was headhunted by TV2, the biggest private broadcaster in Denmark, to make in-depth news stories and magazine programs about terrorism in the West, abuse of power by different institutions in Denmark and the war in Afghanistan. In 2008 Khaja became a freelance director. His films all focus on issues related to terrorism in the West.
The Accidental Terrorist (2009), Maybe Innocent (2009), My Afghanistan – Life in the Forbidden Zone (2012).