The Durrani Kings is a documentary that tells the story of a photojournalist who covered the return of the Taliban and the increasing violence that followed from 2006-2010. In 2006, photojournalist Louie Palu went on assignment to the birthplace of the Taliban in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Kandahar was founded by the first of the Durrani Kings making it the most historically important city in Afghanistan. What Palu found there was not what he expected or what the popular media and western governments had been reporting. Up to 2006, it was believed that the Taliban had been permanently routed from power and had been largely forgotten. With the U.S. bogged down in Iraq, the conflict in Afghanistan had become a forgotten war. At the same time a deployment of Canadian troops began probing deeper into the countryside where they found a resurgent Taliban. Palu continually returned to cover the war witnessing an expanding conflict for four more years. The story culminates in the 2010 U.S. troop surge ordered by U.S. President Obama.
Inspired by journalist Murray Brewster’s reporting on the war and his subsequent book The Savage War, the film follows a five-year timeline from 2006-2010. The film will weave Palu’s narrative and extensive field footage from Kandahar to a supporting cast of characters composed of Afghan, Canadian and American civilians, soldiers, journalists and diplomats.
Devin Gallagher has edited and helped produce numerous television programs including a feature length documentary film which screened at film festivals throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. He has worked at Arlington Independent Media for five-years as a Staff Producer. He has experience in many aspects of television and film production.
Louie Palu as worked as a professional award-winning documentary photographer for 20-years. Louie covered the war in Kandahar, Afghanistan from 2006-2010 and made several well known short films on Kandahar in 2008. His work has been published worldwide and has just completed a project covering the drug war in Mexico.
Murray Brewster has worked as a professional award-winning journalist for close to 30-years and has worked on numerous print, radio and television programs and covered Kandahar, Afghanistan from 2006-2011. His critically acclaimed book The Savage War is a well-known chronicle of the war in Kandahar.
Marc Robichaud is a Gemini Award nominated editor who has worked on multiple television programs and documentary films since 1994. He has worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) on assignments worldwide including covering the war in Afghanistan as a videographer and editor.