Filmed on the ground in Afghanistan, this documentary reveals just how rapidly the Taliban’s takeover has transformed daily life in the country — especially for women and ethnic minorities.
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In scene after extraordinary scene from “Taliban Takeover,” Peabody Award-winning correspondent Najibullah Quraishi, who was born and raised in Afghanistan and has covered the war there for two decades, documents the Taliban’s crackdown in real time.
“Despite the Taliban’s claims that it has changed, what I’ve seen in the early days of the new Taliban regime in Afghanistan looks a lot like the harsh and brutal Taliban of the 1990s,” Quraishi says.
In “Taliban Takeover,” we watch as men who appear to be working undercover for the Taliban force women at a restaurant to leave; as a university student says he was whipped by the Taliban; as a journalist describes an event in which 13 people — members of the Shia Muslim group the Hazaras, an ethnic minority who have long been the subject of Taliban attacks — were killed; and as leading women’s rights activist Mahbouba Seraj is unable to help a visitor who says her granddaughter may have been abducted by the Taliban.
Drawing on Quraishi’s remarkable on-the-ground reporting dating back to 2001, the documentary provides a defining look at what led up to the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan — and how the Taliban’s return to power is playing out now.
“Taliban Takeover” premieres Oct. 12, 2021 on FRONTLINE: https://to.pbs.org/3iQYHTp
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“Taliban Takeover” is a FRONTLINE production with Clover Films. The correspondent is Najibullah Quraishi. The producer is Jamie Doran. The senior producers are James Jacoby and Molly Knight Raskin. The executive producer for Clover Films is Jamie Doran. The executive producer for FRONTLINE is Raney Aronson-Rath.
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