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Afghan Cinema Clambers Back, Despite Neighbor's Influence

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Gray desert surrounds the camp, a forbidding compound of watchtowers, mud walls, and razor wire.

Beyond the iron gates, dozens of makeshift tents dot the sands inside the compound, where hundreds of refugees -- men, women, and children -- lie in human excrement and other filth.

This ominous setting provides the backdrop for the film "Neighbor," which portrays the alleged massacre of hundreds of Afghan migrants at a detention center inside Iran in the 1990s.

In the film, Iranian guards abet the massacre of some 600 Afghan inmates at the Safed Sang (White Rock) detention facility after they protest their treatment. Iranian war planes finish off the detainees by strafing them with machine-gun fire.

Iranian authorities have never permitted an independent investigation of what actually happened at Safed Sang, so the facts of the case cannot be verified.

But those who escaped provide chilling testimony.

To acclaimed Afghan film director Siddiq Barmak, who produced "Neighbor," it was a story that needed to be told.

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Afghan Cinema Clambers Back, Despite Neighbor's Influence

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