HBO documents “Love Crimes of Kabul”

HBO will tell the story of three women imprisoned in a women's jail in Afghanistan for "moral crimes" in Love Crimes of Kabul, premiering July 11.
June 28, 2011

HBO will tell the story of three women imprisoned in a women’s jail in Afghanistan for “moral crimes” in Love Crimes of Kabul, premiering July 11.

The doc looks at Badam Bagh Women’s Prison in Kabul, Afghanistan, where half of the inmates are imprisoned for “moral crimes,” such as running away from home, adultery and premarital sex.

Iranian-American filmmaker Tanaz Eshaghian (HBO’s Be Like Others) was granted access to go behind the prison walls to give a voice to three of these women whose lives are changed because of Sharia Family Law.

“I often look to tell stories about what it is like to live in the Middle East,” explained Eshaghian. “I feel it is important for Western audiences to understand the logic that governs these societies as they make decisions.”

Love Crimes of Kabul is produced and directed by Tanaz Eshaghian and coproduced by Christoph Jorg. For HBO, the supervising producer was Sara Bernstein and Sheila Nevins served as executive producer.

HBO will air Love Crimes of Kabul on July 11 at 9 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. EST. The doc will also air on HBO2 on July 13.

In addition to Love Crimes, HBO Documentary Films’ weekly summer series includes Citizen U.S.A.: A 50 State Road Trip on July 4; Mann V. Ford on July 18; and There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane on July 25.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.