No films with women in a role? Actually unimaginable – not so in Afghanistan. The Taliban is now cracking down on it, banning films with women and “immoral television content.” According to an instruction from the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention, the broadcasting of domestic or foreign films that spread foreign cultures and traditions in Afghan society and cause immorality will also be stopped. In addition, no one should be offended in entertainment programs. After all, moderators and reporters are still allowed to appear. But they have to wear the Islamic hijab.
Turkish, Indian and Iranian soap operas are particularly popular in Afghanistan, while US series or films have been shown less often. Conservatives and clerics in the country had already repeatedly criticized these programs, in which women, for example, chose their spouses themselves. The series seduced the youth, it was said. Satire programs are also very popular in Afghanistan. Weekly broadcasts, for example, vilified the former government of Ashraf Ghani, corrupt officials and the military.