Original Dutch film title:
Documentary about Afghan refugees in 1989.
Afghan refugees are followed from May to July 1989 in a camp in the neighbourhood of Peshawar (Pakistan) and on their return to Afghanistan.
What does it mean for people to have to flee from their familiar setting and to a strange country? How do they survive there and which problems are they confronted with when they want to return to their village or farm?
Life in Peshawar is full of tension, Afghans are regularly murdered, in the refugee camps the pressure from mullahs and political parties has increased so as to hinder the return of refugees. That would damage the credibility of their politics. When families decide to return they do not announce it. They just disappear the next day.
The film successively shows the newly arrived refugees in a camp in the neighbourhood of Peshawar, a family that has lived in Peshawar for ten years, and the return of a family to war-torn Afghanistan and the difficult reconstruction.
direction & production: Joost Verhey
camera: Meryem De Lagarde
sound: Yahya Yusufi, Basharat Hadayat
editing: Stefan Kamp
re-recording mix: Jack Bol
line producer: René Scholten
this film is a co-production of MM Produkties and Studio Nieuwe Gronden in co-production with NOS televisie and BRT televisie, dienst Wetenschappen
this film is financially supported by:
Stichting Coproductiefonds Binnenlandse Omroep