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The Network (2013)

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This 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

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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.

October 8, 2013 | Full Review…
The Atlantic
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Feels a bit too cloistered and the subject perhaps too limited for feature-length attention.

October 4, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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Although at times resembling a promotional video, this documentary provides a vivid illustration of Afghanistan's changing social dynamics.

September 30, 2013 | Full Review…
Hollywood Reporter
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Though heavy with interviews that can be shallow, the movie provides an angle on a country remaking itself after Taliban rule.

September 26, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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[An] illuminating documentary about the founding and influence of Tolo TV, the first independent television station to operate in Afghanistan.

September 26, 2013 | Full Review…
Variety
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An uncritical, drama-free documentary that comes uncomfortably close to resembling a business-magazine puff piece.

September 26, 2013 | Rating: D | Full Review…
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