My Afghanistan - Life in the Forbidden Zone
My Afghanistan - Life in the Forbidden Zone

My Afghanistan - Life in the Forbidden Zone

Director Nagieb Khaja

Production year 2012

Length 88min.

Country Denmark


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.



Nagieb Khaja
Nagieb Khaja



Lise Lense-Møller, Henrik Grunnet


Nagieb Khaja

Director of Photography

Henrik Bohn Ipsen, Shukrullah, Abdul Mohammed, Habibullah (Haji Sahib), Juma Gul, Nargis, Fereshta, Mawladad, Ramadan

Music by

Stein Berge Svendsen


Niels Arild


Anders Villadsen, Andreas Bøggild Monies

Production company(ies)

Magic Hour Films, Grunnet Film

Nagieb Khaja

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).

FILMS 2013