The fall of Afghanistan’s capital over a month ago to Taliban insurgents not only robbed Saleem Yousofzada of sleep, but of hope.
The Kabul-based filmmaker has, like numerous other documentarians, been living in fear of reprisal from militants for long depicting the experiences and highlighting the voices of Afghans in the country, now under new Taliban rule.
“They just lost totally their hopes. They don’t have hopes for the future,” said Yousofzada in a video interview in reference to fellow Kabul-based filmmakers. “The Taliban says they will forgive everything they have done…But how can you just trust them?”