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Kabul Ping Pong
Bodil Furu & Beate Petersen

Today’s Afghanistan exists in a void, set in between two eras. 23 years of war is over. Their first democratic election took place on October 9th, 2004, after a two-year interim administration led by the USA-friendly Hamid Karzai. But when the battle between internal and external enemies is more or less brought to an end, how do define yourself positively: as a nation, as a culture, as a people? Which ideas shall the future be based on? Which stories and common beliefs can hold the people together? Where can they find their role models? And how can the traumas of war be overcome? The film presents three persons who approach these questions in different ways.

Keywords Documentary
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:43:00
Language Arabic & English
Color Color
Year 2005
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About the artists

Bodil Furu

Born in 1976, lives and works in Oslo, Norway.

She graduated from The National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo, Norway in 2002. She has contributed documentary films and video works to exhibitions and film festivals in Europe, Africa, Asia and USA. Her films have been shown at MoMA in New York, the International Istanbul Biennial, the 4th Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art, The Busan Biennale 2007, South Korea, Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, the Lubumbashi Biennale 2013, Lubumbashi, DRC, Beaconsfield Contemporary Art, London, Moscow documentary film festival, Montreal Short Film Festival, Tromsø International Film Festival, Norway and the Biennale of Sydeny 2014.

She has worked as an associated professor at the Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, University in Tromsø, and The National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo, Norway. Previous years solo exhibitions include Heimdal Kunstforening, Künstnerhaus Bethaninen, Berlin, Kunsthall Oslo among many others.

Beate Petersen

Born in 1962, lives and works in Oslo, Norway.

Beate Petersen is an artist, director and writer. She gratuated in 2001 from Norwegian State Acedemy of Art and has since been presented at a variety of venues like The Institute for the Studies of the Ancient World, New York, Kuryokhin Center, St. Petersburg, Landmark, Bergen, BOA, Oslo, Noor Iranian Film Festival, Sanfransico among many others.