LONDON: Afghan Council of Great Britain in collaboration with the World Afghan Congress is proud to support the internationally renowned Canadian Afghan filmmaker Ariel Nasr and the premier of his film The Forbidden Reel in London.

The film is being screened at the The Bertha DocHouse, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, London, WC1N 1AW.

The Forbidden Reel is probably one of the most important films of the year based on Afghanistan and a must see.

Under threat of execution by the Taliban, who were destroying countless aspects of Afghanistan’s culture, Afghan Film workers hid hundreds of film reels behind a secret wall.

The rescued archive, which still lies in a vulnerable state in their office in Kabul, reveals an incredibly rich cinematic history. It shows facets of a modernist, left leaning Afghanistan, long crowded out by news images of violence and extremism.

In The Forbidden Reel, director Ariel Nasr interviews key players, including director Latif Ahmadi and actress Yasmin Yarmal, telling how Afghan auteur cinema flourished throughout the 1970s and 1980s, even amidst dramatic national upheaval.

Through the archive itself – and interweaving recreations using original filming equipment – Nasr pens a moving love letter to an Afghanistan most of us have never seen before.

For tickets please visit The Bertha DocHouse Site.