A MONDAY IN KABUL (english)

A quick search for 'Afghanistan' on Google images does not paint a pretty picture. War, soldiers, women in burkas and self-immolation:

Is this truly the only faith of Afghanistan today?

In March of 2013 I travelled to Kabul again, together with my partner Philip. Contrary to the traditional country side, Afghanistan's capital has undergone some radical changes over the last 10 years. To get a grasp of the society and it's values, we decided to ask inhabitants one simple question: 'what's your favourite place in the city?'

This question led us on an exciting journey throughout the city. Together with translator Najibullah and driver Zarif we portrayed people at their personal favourite spot in town.

We also gave our Dutch friends and family the opportunity to be part of our journey by posting questions for Afghans on our Facebook site. The answers to these questions can be found on this blog.

By giving the inhabitants of Kabul a voice, we hope to add an alternative view of Afghanistan. Not as a negotiation of the news, but rather as an addition. What does an ordinary Monday afternoon in Kabul look like? And what do we really know about each others lives?

English translation:
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MY PERSONAL MOTIVE FOR THIS SERIES

Most people base their world views on what they read in the paper or see on television. In the case of countries like Afghanistan, this means a continuous stream of extreme news facts.
 

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A Monday in Kabul (English subtitles) from philipenhugo on Vimeo.

SHORT FILM 

During our trip, Philip produced a short film about our project approach and my personal motives for making this series.

'THE STORY OF MY LIFE'

How often is the term ‘terrorism’ used in the media, and how subjective is this term? Why do they speak of ‘resistance’ when discussing the exact same thing on the other side of the world? And if a term can be explained in such different manners, is there such a thing as the real truth?

Questions like these have always intrigued me immensely.

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THE A-TEAM

Without the help of Najibullah, Zarif and the Toyota Corolla, this whole project would not have been possible. Thank you so much!

A SAD LOVE STORY AT THE TV-SHOW

'Wow…', the group of girls look at us in disbelieve. 'So you two really have a love-marriage?' After my confirmation they gaze at Philip for a while and then respond: 'we don't have that here.'

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AUDIENCE AT A TV SHOW

A NICE COUPLE

"My name is Amir and I am married to Sharifa. She is a politician. When I first saw her seventeen years ago I immediately fell in love with her. For seven consecutive years I asked her father for her hand, until he finally agreed. We were blessed with two kids.

I love her dignity, her ambition, her idealism with which she shows that there is are opportunies for women. Even though politically it’s not easy and every now and then we need to go into hiding. That’s Afghanistan.”

THE DUTCH-AFGHAN FATMA RETURNS TO HER HOME COUNTRY

'After 20 years in Holland, my desire to return to Afghanistan grew bigger and bigger each day'

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PIC NIC ON FRIDAY

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