THE ETILAAT ROZ
Abbas Rezaie / Afghanistan / 2022 / 92 min
Join the newsroom of Afghanistan’s largest newspaper as the Taliban took power. A highly dramatic day-by-day account of a group of courageous journalists’ struggle for democracy, freedom and life itself.
Etilaat Roz is the most widely read newspaper in the Afghan capital Kabul. But when Kabul falls to the Taliban in 2021, everything changes. The Taliban don’t like journalists, and the newspaper’s editor-in-chief Zaki Daryabi and his 50 courageous colleagues now face a crucial choice: should they continue to do journalism and risk torture, imprisonment and death? If they can continue to live in their country at all? Afghan documentary filmmaker Abbas Rezaie is in the newsroom during the dramatic weeks leading up to, during and long after the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, when the world’s attention is focused on the very streets just outside.