12 Strong (2018) – Blu-Ray Review

Releasing on blu-ray and DVD today from Warner Brothers is the film adaptation of the true story as retold in the novel Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton. The day after 11 September, 2001, a group of soldiers volunteered to be the first on the ground in Afghanistan. The film tells that story, and of the…

The Breadwinner (2000) – Deborah Ellis

House of Anansi press has released an updated version of Deborah Ellis’ poignant and beautifully written tale, The Breadwinner.¬†Aimed at younger readers, the book puts a face to stories that help the reader empathise and understand some of the issues that are taking place in Afghanistan. Canadian born Ellis has crafted a whole series, with…

Bermuda International Film Festival – The Network – Eva Orner

Screening last night at the Liberty Theater (seat A8 yet again) for the Bermuda International Film Festival was a brilliant documentary that had only screened at SXSW previously. The Network follows the first media group blossoming and developing during the continued growing pains that fill its home country, Afghanistan. The Mohseni family returned to their…

The Boxing Girls of Kabul – Ariel J. Nasr, Canada

  The Olympic Stadium in Afghanistan, once a grim execution ground for women under the Taliban rule, is now home to a boxing coach and the ragtag group of determined young women he has been training.¬† Their passion for the sport is immediately evident in their enthusiastic attempts to learn everything their coach can teach…