'A MONDAY IN KABUL'
Normally people only see Kabul in the news when another explosion has taken part. But what is life like on a regular afternoon when nothing is happening?
Together with my partner Philip Brink, I went to Kabul with only one question for the inhabitants: what is your favourite place of the city? This question led us on an exciting journey through the city.
We also gave our Dutch audience the opportunity to be part of our journey by posting questions for Afghans on our Facebook site. The answers to these questions can be found on this blog.
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Our personal motivation
Most people base their world views on what they read in the paper or see on television. In the case of countries like Afghanistan, this means a continuous stream of extreme news facts with little room for day-to-day stories. This representation can cause some serious consequences: fear and presumptions worldwide are purely based on what the media show us, not on personal contact.
When people aren’t able to communicate directly and news is their only source of information, it is important that the media create a balanced image. This is exactly why I wanted to make this series; not as a negation of the actual news, but rather as an addition.
Just like in one of my former series, Baghdad Today, I wanted to show the humans of a country in conflict. Not to shock viewers, but to evoke feelings of empathy.
Losing empathy gives world politics a free play to do whatever they want. It is my personal belief that when people start recognizing each other again, the reality hits them harder than ever before: these are the people who have to live in a country who became a toy in world politics, warlords and money. But the people in this series have just as little to do with politics as you and me.
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