The HBO Unique documentary movie ESCAPE FROM KABUL, directed by Jamie Roberts (HBO’s “4 Hours on the Capitol”) and government produced by Dan Reed (HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” and “4 Hours on the Capitol”), debuts WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (9:00-10:25 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and shall be obtainable to stream on HBO Max.
ESCAPE FROM KABUL unfolds over 18 monumental days in August 2021, from the U.S. withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan via the next evacuation of tens of 1000’s of Afghan residents from Kabul airport after the Taliban seized the town. This deeply immersive and emotional documentary combines never-before-seen archival footage from these on the bottom on the airport, with unique interviews with individuals who have been there all through the interval, together with Afghan residents making an attempt to flee, U.S. Marines tasked with managing the evacuation, and Taliban commanders and fighters who had just lately taken the town.
After 20 years of warfare between the Taliban, (an Islamic fundamentalist group) and NATO forces, a small power of U.S. Marines have been deployed to Kabul on August 13 meaning to evacuate U.S. residents and “in danger” Afghans who had cooperated with the Individuals and Allied Forces throughout the battle. The orderly evacuation was meant to be applied by the agreed-upon deadline of August 31, however when the Taliban unexpectedly took management of the town two days after the Marines arrived, plans modified.
Fearing reprisals and crackdowns on human rights from the Taliban, 1000’s of Afghan males, ladies, and youngsters rushed to the airport, searching for an escape route. Taliban fighters, together with suicide troops, encircled the airport perimeter in an uneasy truce with U.S. and Allied forces. With little advance planning, U.S. Marines battled every day to reclaim the overwhelmed airfield, all whereas a humanitarian disaster unfolded, with Afghan residents spending days on finish within the Kabul warmth, with out entry to meals or water, ready to get via the gates to the airport. Because the crowds grew more and more determined to go away, a tragic sequence of occasions unfolded, together with a devastating suicide bomb assault that ISIS claimed accountability for, killing 13 U.S. navy personnel and greater than 170 Afghan civilians.
ESCAPE FROM KABUL is rooted within the sudden and historic confrontation that occurred at Kabul airport and unfolds in dramatic moment-by-moment telling over two and a half pivotal weeks. Regardless of the chaos and struggling, 124,000 individuals have been evacuated throughout the Kabul airlift, the biggest in fashionable U.S. historical past, marking a devastating finish to America’s longest-running warfare. A ultimate coda, filmed in spring of 2022, confirms the Taliban authorities’s restrictions on ladies and women and violent reprisals, leaving an unsure future for a lot of Afghan residents who weren’t capable of evacuate in August 2021.
HBO Documentary Movies Presents ESCAPE FROM KABUL, in affiliation with the BBC, in collaboration with ARTE France, an AMOS Photos Manufacturing. Directed by Jamie Roberts; producer, Jamie Roberts; government producer, Dan Reed. For HBO: coordinating producer, Anna Klein; government producers, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller.