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Al-Jazeera Witness – Afghanistan’s Own Battle (2016)

Al-Jazeera Witness 2016 Afghanistans Own Battle

An Afghan army unit fights for peace, respect and to take back their country after three decades of war and turmoil.

When NATO troops withdrew from Afghanistan, the Afghan National Army took over control of Helmand Province, an extremely dangerous region where attacks by Taliban fighters are the order of the day.

Security, much less peace, seems to be unattainable; it is even difficult to find a common language in a country where everyone mistrusts each other.

The directors of this film accompanied an Afghan army company during a year of frontline duty in Helmand. The soldiers are paid irregularly, there are not enough supplies, and their equipment is substandard. They cannot fight a war with the equipment left behind by the ISAF.

In Afghanistan’s Own Battle, fresh Afghan recruits talk about their doubts, their hopes and their dreams. Dramatic dramatic images show that there is an epic dimension to the soldiers’ daily lives, and the private moments and bloody battles feel like a metaphor for the fate of this war-torn country.

At the same time the film reveals the absurd side of the conflict from the point of view of these Afghan soldiers, in a country whose government is at the mercy of an enemy that even NATO troops did not succeed in defeating in almost 13 years of confrontation and conflict.

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