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Hollywoodgate

Hollywoodgate

Ibrahim Nash'at
Germany, United States
2023
90 min
Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
Synopsis

Egyptian documentary maker Ibrahim Nash’at travelled with a camera and an interpreter to Afghanistan in 2021, just days after the U.S. Army withdrew. He came to see, as he puts it, in whose hands the country had been left. He gets permission to follow a Taliban commander who has taken over Hollywoodgate, claimed to be a deserted CIA base. The Taliban is in the process of transforming itself from a guerilla movement into a military regime.

What’s the best way of working under the control of an organization like this, one that sees you as a pawn for their propaganda? This film’s answer is to capture those seemingly trivial moments that serve to puncture that image—of an absurd inspection of abandoned gym equipment, and of a night-time military operation during which Nash’at is told to wait at the side of the road. Rather than stopping filming, he points his camera at the moon and records the sounds of gunfire in the distance, undermining the Taliban narrative without downplaying its dangers. A complex tightrope walk performed with great verve.

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Credits
90 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: English, Dari, Pashto
Director
    Ibrahim Nash'at
    Ibrahim Nash'at
Production
    Talal Derki,
    Shane Boris,
    Odessa Rae
    Talal Derki,
    Shane Boris,
    Odessa Rae
Co-production
    Ibrahim Nash'at
    Ibrahim Nash'at
Executive producer
    Mehmet ElBanna,
    Sahraa Karimi,
    Diane Becker,
    Katherine Embiricos,
    Jim Swartz,
    Susan Swartz,
    Melony Lewis,
    Adam Lewis
    Mehmet ElBanna,
    Sahraa Karimi,
    Diane Becker,
    Katherine Embiricos,
    Jim Swartz,
    Susan Swartz,
    Melony Lewis,
    Adam Lewis
Cinematography
    Ibrahim Nash'at
    Ibrahim Nash'at
Editing
    Atanas Georgiev,
    Marion Tuor
    Atanas Georgiev,
    Marion Tuor
Sound Design
    Frank Kruse
    Frank Kruse
Music
    Volker Bertelmann
    Volker Bertelmann
World Sales
    Cinephil
    Cinephil
Screening copy
    Cinephil
    Cinephil

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