The Network (2013)
Movie InfoThis compelling and eye-opening doc follows Afghanistan's first independent television network, TOLO TV, and the group of family members and dedicated staff behind it. Launched in 2004, TOLO TV has grown to be Afghanistan's largest and most successful television network employing over 800 Afghans, producing news, current affairs, drama, comedy, music, and lifestyle programs. But as the country faces the impending withdrawal of foreign troops, and with security rapidly deteriorating, the film reveals an uncertain future for the network and its employees, many of whom are women. Featuring interviews with TOLO TV founder Saad Mohseni and former Viacom CEO Tom Freston. (c) FilmBuff … More
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Critic Reviews for The Network
The Network, though, makes a powerful case that, whatever its limitations, a free media, in the form of Sesame Street, cop dramas, travel shows, or women dancing without headscarves, is vital if Afghanistan is ever to know peace.
Feels a bit too cloistered and the subject perhaps too limited for feature-length attention.
Although at times resembling a promotional video, this documentary provides a vivid illustration of Afghanistan's changing social dynamics.
Though heavy with interviews that can be shallow, the movie provides an angle on a country remaking itself after Taliban rule.
[An] illuminating documentary about the founding and influence of Tolo TV, the first independent television station to operate in Afghanistan.
An uncritical, drama-free documentary that comes uncomfortably close to resembling a business-magazine puff piece.
Marginally insightful and incomplete while lacking in additional perspectives.
Non-reality TV finds a place in war-torn Afghanistan in this insightful slice of life of the fledgling broadcast industry.
Orner exhibits a deep and sincere passion for her surrogate subjects and what she clearly believes to be the balm of this unique 'edu-tainment,' a fact which helps offset a somewhat jumbled editorial vision.
Overall, The Network is uneven and unfocused, but not without merit.
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