Having been through what seemed like an everlasting war, Afghan citizens are once again experiencing foreign culture.
During the ’80s and ’90s, the Taliban takeover completely eradicated outside cultures from Afghanistan by removing foreign music, television, and film. But in 2001, in the wake of the War in Afghanistan, foreign cultures returned to society. Instead of portraying Afghanistan and its people as broken products of war and conflict, photographer Jonathan Saruk chose to capture the return of cinema and movie theaters in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan where U.S. Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene was recently killed.
Upon watching Afghans view movies like Bride of Chucky and seeing them dance on the theater’s stage along with the on-screen Bollywood actors, Saruk said that he “had never witnessed such an outpouring of emotion.” He also stated that the resurgence of film in Kabul “is a respite from the harsh reality that lies outside the confines of the theater.”
While most of the cinemas played at least three films per day, Saruk noticed that most of those who attended the cinemas were men because, as he later found out, security was a concern and apparently, most women would rather watch films at home.
With everything going on in the Middle East, let’s hope this movement’s momentum only strengthens. Check out Saruk’s photographs below.
[h/t Business Insider]