The Network

Eva Orner
| Australia, UK
| 2013
| 97 min

The power of television to reflect and challenge society is examined in this film by award-winning filmmaker Eva Orner. Under Taliban rule, public executions served as the only form of mass entertainment in Afghanistan. Now, Afghan migrants return to participate in what they hope will be the country’s rebirth. Orner artfully observes the hope and excitement as a television station is built from scratch. But an underlying fear is never far away. Will the changes, such as the emergence of a feminist movement, last once the foreigners depart Afghanistan? The constant dangers the TV station covers, such as urban warfare and suicide bombings, suggest that this is very far from certain.

Eva Orner
Eva Orner
Australian Premiere
Australian Competition
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