AFGHANISTAN, THE PRICE OF PEACE
Director(s): Claire BILLET – Writer(s): Alberto MARQUARDT, Eric DE LAVARENE Contact Print page
The Afghan war shaped the start of the 21st century. Through the personal accounts of key actors and witnesses (mainly Afghans), this new two-part documentary exposes the double failure of the West: make believe that Afghanistan was a just war and wanting to pacify a country it had contributed to divide.
September 2021. Twenty years after September 11, 2001, the US military withdraws from Afghanistan after the longest war in its history, with a bitter taste: the conflict that aimed to eradicate Al-Qaeda, achieve "lasting freedom" and bring about democracy, quickly turned into a quagmire. It has generated increasing violence and human rights abuses. The Taliban, excluded at the end of 2001 from the Bonn Agreements, have become essential partners in the peace process. Yet, they still brandish Sharia as a model of society.
Today, it all feels like a gigantic waste. Fact is, that peace is being constructed on the failure of the Western presence, with repercussions elsewhere in the world: in Iraq or even in the Sahel where the interventions carried out on the same model as Afghanistan have engendered different catastrophes and terrorism.
While the Kabul government and the Taliban are now forced to make peace and find a common destiny, this film questions whether here, or elsewhere in the world, military intervention had been necessary?
10 years after "The Price of Revenge", Eric De Lavarène and Alberto Marquardt, team up with director Claire Billet to reopen the case of this war by meeting those who were actors in the conflict and share their stories with us.