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BBC Two Orders Doc on Afghanistan Military Withdrawal


Brook Lapping, a part of Zinc Media, has been commissioned by BBC Two for a two-part documentary about the U.S. and U.K. military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: Getting Out will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the 20-year challenge of how Western Allies tried to withdraw from Afghanistan, culminating in the events of August 2021. The documentary has been presold to Histoire TV (France), VPRO (Netherlands), SVT (Sweden), NRK (Norway), DR (Denmark) and YLE (Finland).

Afghanistan: Getting Out was commissioned for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. It is distributed internationally by BBC Studios Distribution.

Greg Sanderson, executive producer at Brook Lapping, said: “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. 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 exemplify 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.”

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