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.

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