My return to the Valley of Death is the personal story of Merwais Miakhail, who fled the Taliban as a teenager and now lives in London. Fifteen years on, he returns to his hometown in the dangerous tribal areas on the Afghan border. The film follows Miakhail’s one-month journey back to meet relatives and his Pashtun tribe, and see how they are coping after 10 years of intense fighting between US forces and the Taliban.
The film, produced by Off-Centre Productions was screened for the first time on Australian television ABC on November 9. Four Corners is Australia’s longest-running investigative journalism/current affairs television program.
It described the film as “a truly unique story which captures the lives of ordinary people living in one of the most dangerous places in the world.”
Here is my interview about the challenges of making a film in Afghanistan’s lawless tribal areas that are usually off limits to journalists.