Afghan Army Girls (1 x 60′) – Follows the journey of three incredible young women as they go through a gruelling recruitment process into the Afghan National Army. Each girl shares a different reason for signing up, from growing up in a broken country to living a life as a refugee. Yet they all share one thing in common – persecution and death threats for choosing a career which are usually described as a man’s job.
In a rapidly changing country this film provides candid access to these women at a pivotal moment in Afghanistan’s modern history and for the first time, young teenage Afghan girls are filmed away from the strict social confines they grew up with.
As they adapt into their new surroundings and way of life, the film portrays their hopes, fears and ambitions to succeed. Whilst wrestling with the cultural customs concerning their role as women in a new Afghanistan, they also deal with normal everyday issues that young girls worry about from fashion, diets and make-up to family values, sex and marriage.
Channel: Channel 4 (True Stories strand)
Producer: Raw Cut
TX: Spring / Summer 2012
Source: Channel 4 press release