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Eva Orner

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This compelling and eye-opening doc follows Afghanistan’s first independent television network, TOLO TV, and the group of family members and dedicated staff behind it. Launched in 2004, TOLO TV has grown to be Afghanistan’s largest and most successful television network employing over 800 Afghans, producing news, current affairs, drama, comedy, music, and lifestyle programs. But as the country faces the impending withdrawal of foreign troops, and with security rapidly deteriorating, the film reveals an uncertain future for the network and its employees, many of whom are women. Featuring interviews with TOLO TV founder Saad Mohseni and former Viacom CEO Tom Freston. A FilmBuff Presentation.

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67%
  • Reviews Counted: 12
  • Fresh: 8
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 5.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Though heavy with interviews that can be shallow, the movie provides an angle on a country remaking itself after Taliban rule. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Sep 26, 2013

Fresh: [An] illuminating documentary about the founding and influence of Tolo TV, the first independent television station to operate in Afghanistan. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Sep 26, 2013

Rotten: Feels a bit too cloistered and the subject perhaps too limited for feature-length attention. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Oct 4, 2013

Fresh: Although at times resembling a promotional video, this documentary provides a vivid illustration of Afghanistan's changing social dynamics. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Sep 30, 2013

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