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“The Network” is the story of Afghanistan’s first independent television network – TOLO TV – and the family 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 questions what does the future hold for TOLO TV and their employees, many of whom are women.
World Premiere - SXSW 2013
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013
Rio International Film Festival 2013
Winner of the Grand Prize for Best Documentary Feature at the Heartland Film Festival 2013
Antenna Documentary Festival 2013
Bergen International Film Festival 2013
"Orner artfully and engagingly fashions a portrait of television as a form of entertainment and an agent of change."
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"Delivers a vivid portrait of the groundbreaking network, as well as sounding cautionary notes about its future survival as the United States prepares to withdraw its military presence."
THE DAILY BEAST
"[A] hopeful yet harrowing documentary about a media mogul and his family’s dreams of transforming their beloved Afghanistan from a brutal, medieval backwater into a tolerant, modern society."
"This could be the pick of SBS’s typically impressive collection of summer documentaries."