Photo: David Greenwald

‘Afghan Dreamers’ pushes for Emmy with exclusive premier on Paramount+

The award-winning documentary Afghan Dreamers is set to premiere exclusively on Paramount+ on May 23, ahead of an expected Emmy push, DEADLINE reports.

The documentary follows an all-girl robotics team in Afghanistan as they navigate cultural barriers and the threat of Taliban rule.

The documentary has already won several awards, including Best Human Rights Film at Galway Film Fleadh in Ireland and the Audience Award for Tiempo de Historia at the Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain.

In the US, it has screened at various festivals, including Dallas, Boulder, Cleveland, Montclair, and SCAD Savannah.

The documentary has been produced by Emmy winner Sheila Nevins and Oscar winner Ellen Goosenberg Kent.

In a statement, Nevins said: “I will forever think of the bravery of these Afghan girls who left their country under gunfire and found peace in Europe, only to insist that one day they will be able to go back home and teach Robotics to a younger generation of girls.”

David Greenwald said that Afghan Dreamers “offers offers an intimate look at the last days of freedom in Afghanistan as seen through the eyes of an all-girl robotics team.”

Afghan Dreamers is one of a few documentaries documenting the last days of Afghanistan before the Taliban’s return in August 2021.

Etilaat Roz, a documentary by Abbas Rezaie, captures the struggle of Etilaat Roz newspaper’s staff and journalists in Kabul as Taliban forces return to the city.

Etilaat Roz has premiered in festivals in Asia, Europe and America. It was recently shown at the 38th Munich Documentary Film Festival.