BBC Two has commissioned a two-part documentary from Zinc Media’s current-affairs factual specialist label Brook Lapping that will investigate the decisions that led to the withdrawal of U.S. and UK forces from Afghanistan in August 2021.
Afghanistan: Getting Out (2 x 60 min.) will chronicle the history of the 20-year occupation of the country that followed the U.S. invasion in the wake of 9/11 before focusing in on the process that ultimately led to the withdrawal of American and British troops last year, which effectively surrendered Afghanistan to the resurgent Taliban. The doc will feature first-person testimony from many of those who were in the room when key decisions were made.
“As the news cycle moves on to the next international incident, it is all too easy for momentous events such as those seen in Kabul last year to fade quickly from public consciousness,” said Greg Sanderson, executive producer of Brook Lapping. “As filmmakers, we have the opportunity to reflect back and, as the dust settles, help to establish what happened and why.
“With access to all the key players, this film aims to unpick the West’s failings, which many think helped open the door to Russia and its invasion of Ukraine and a period of great uncertainty on the international stage. The scale and ambition of this film exemplifies what Brook Lapping does best, and we are confident it will have just as much global impact as the other landmark films we have made.”
BBC Studios Distribution is handling international distribution for the doc, and presales have already been secured to France (Histoire TV), the Netherlands (VPRO), Sweden (SVT), Norway (NRK), Denmark (DR) and Finland (YLE).
Afghanistan: Getting Out was commissioned for BBC Two by Gian Quaglieni, commissioning editor for current affairs TV. Brook Lapping’s Sanderson serves as executive producer, while Jack MacInnes is the series producer and director.