The Dancing Boys Of Afghanistan | Jamie Doran

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In Afghanistan, amid war and endemic poverty, an ancient tradition — banned when the Taliban were in power — has re-emerged across the country: Many hundreds of boys, often as young as 11, are being lured off the streets on the promise of a new life, many unaware that their real fate is to be used for entertainment and sex. With remarkable access inside a sexual exploitation ring operating in Afghanistan, an Afghan journalist investigates this illegal practice, talking with the boys and their masters, and documenting how the Afghan authorities responsible for stopping these crimes are sometimes themselves complicit in the practice.

The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan reveals how countless numbers of Afghan boys, who are sometimes as young as ten years old, are lured off the streets with the promise of a new and better life. This horrific practice is known as Bacha Bazi and involves young boys who are sold to particular powerful businessmen and warlords to be trained as unique dancers, who perform for a male crowd while dressed in women’s clothing and are later traded and used for sex.

The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan takes a look inside this sexual exploitation ring through the eyes of award-winning Afghan journalist, Najibullah Quraishi. It goes a step further by examining the consequences of this illicit trade, which is often neglected due to a larger focus on the war situation in the region, and the lack of support by the authorities in tackling the problem.

Release Date: 2010

Directors: Jamie Doran, Mike Healy
Writer: Jamie Doran
Stars: Najibullah Quraishi, Arun Rath
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