One man’s determination to remember his homeland and honour his new land is explored in “A Kandahar Away,” premiering Sunday October 20 at 9 pm on Canada’s documentary channel.
Refugee Abdul Jamal left Kandahar, Afghanistan, with his family in 1990. They settled in Canada, and when the family patriarch discovered that there existed a Kandahar, Saskatchewan, he had to visit. Abdul was fascinated by this small, Canadian dot on the map and became determined to build a bridge between two places so opposite in geography and culture.
Produced by veteran documentarians Deborah Parks and Shelley Saywell, “A Kandahar Away” was written and directed by Abdul’s middle daughter Aisha Jamal. It follows the entire family, including grandchild Ilyas, to Kandahar, Sask., a remote and dying hamlet of 15 residents two hours from any airport in the prairie province.