The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan

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The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan
Directed byNajibullah Quraishi
Produced byJamie Doran
Written byJamie Doran
CinematographyMike Healy
Release date
  • March 29, 2010 (2010-03-29)
Running time
52 minutes

The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan is a 2010 documentary film produced by Clover Films and directed by Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi about the practice of bacha bazi in Afghanistan. The 52-minute documentary premiered in the UK at the Royal Society of Arts on March 29, 2010,[1] and aired on PBS Frontline in the United States on April 20.

Bacha bazi, also known as bacchá (from the Persian bacheh بچه‌), literally "playing with boys" in Persian, Pashto and Hindi-Urdu), is a form of sexual slavery and child prostitution[2] in which prepubescent and adolescent boys are sold to wealthy or powerful men for entertainment and sexual activities. This business thrives in Afghanistan, where many men keep dancing boys as status symbols. The practice is illegal under Afghan law.[3][4]


  1. ^ "True Stories: The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan" Archived 2010-08-31 at the Wayback Machine, Royal Society of Arts, screening 29 March 2010; 18:30
  2. ^ "Boys in Afghanistan Sold Into Prostitution, Sexual Slavery", Digital Journal, Nov 20, 2007
  3. ^ "The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan". PBS. April 20, 2010. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  4. ^ Bannerman, Mark. "The Warlord's Tune: Afghanistan's war on children". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved October 16, 2014.

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