A hard-hitting documentary investigating the effects of the heroin and opium trade on Afghanistan’s children is one of a top line-up of feature films coming soon to Maori Television.
ADDICTED IN AFGHANISTAN – premiering Sunday 25 March at 8.30pm – tells the moving story of 15-year-old Afghan friends, Jabar and Zahir, who are drug addicts in Kabul.
Afghan film-maker Jawed Taiman followed the teenage boys for a year, watching them chase their addiction; their health deteriorate; their attempt at treatment and rehabilitation and, finally, their relapse.
Made in 2009, ADDICTED IN AFGHANISTAN tells the heart-breaking stories behind the headlines in a country devastated by the horrors of war, crime, violence and poverty, and blighted with the cultivation and supply of opium.
Maori Television’s premiere feature films screen on Sundays at 8.30pm with fantastic viewing scheduled over the coming months, including:
STONE OF DESTINY (4 March), based on the true story of Ian Hamilton, a dedicated nationalist who reignited his Scottish national pride in the 1950s with his daring raid on the heart of England to bring the Stone of Scone back to Scotland.
THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY (11 March) takes a sympathetic look at Republican Ireland, and two brothers who are torn apart by anti-British rebellion.
George Clooney’s GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK (18 March) is a dramatic recreation of real life events in the early 1950s between broadcast journalist Edward R Morrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy relating to the Senate’s Permanent Sub-committee on Investigations.
DEATH IN BRUNSWICK (1 April) stars Kiwi actor Sam Neil, who plays Carl “Cookie” Fitzgerald in this 1991 Australian film. Cookie gets a job as a cook, but accidently kills his workmate, Mustafa, and turns to his unscrupulous best friend for help and together they attempt to dispose of the body.
Tune in to Maori Television on Sunday nights at 8.30pm to check out these and more movies and documentaries.