AFGHANISTAN, THE PRICE OF PEACE
Director(s): Claire BILLET – Writer(s): Alberto MARQUARDT, Eric DE LAVARENE Contact Print page
PROLOGUE 2021. The victory of the Taliban.
The Taliban's lightning war – a memory of Saigon? The white flag flying over the presidential palace, the flight of President Ashraf Ghani… The fear of all those Afghans linked to the West, women in particular! A disorderly military retreat, American funding being cut off and assets being frozen and IMF loans suspended…. Obviously, we will look at these images of Kabul airport, the streets of the capital under Taliban control and also, the beginning of food shortages. How did we get to this?
The film looks back at two decades of political choices.
Twenty years after September 11, 2001, the US military left Afghanistan after the longest war in its history, with a bitter taste: the conflict waged to eradicate Al-Qaeda, to achieve "lasting freedom" and bring about democracy, quickly turned into a quagmire…
Today, events force us to reorientate the way we answer the questions in our film, by giving more space to the point of view of those who are now the masters of the country. This is the opportunity to listen to them, putting aside our cultural differences and especially our superiority complex that has blinded us for twenty years.
The Afghan war shaped the beginning of the 21st century. Through the personal accounts of key players and participants, Afghans, Americans, French and Pakistanis, we shed light on America’s longest war.
After their earlier film, THE PRICE OF REVENGE, Eric De Lavarène and Alberto Marquardt, join forces with director Claire Billet to reopen the file of this war…