What We Left Unfinished

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

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What We Left Unfinished tells the incredible and mostly true story of five unfinished feature films from the Communist era in Afghanistan. At a time when films were considered weapons and their creators targets, this documentary highlights the extraordinary bravery and dedication of these filmmakers in honing their craft. The unstable regime led to creative breakthroughs where reality merged with fiction on screen. Archival fictions, present-day recollections, and two Afghanistans—imagined and real—coexist in a film that reminds us that nations are inventions. And films can reinvent them.