Afghanistan Getting Its Own Politically-Charged Version Of ‘The Office’ Sitcom

The Office was a hit in England before it became a hit in the States. With the mock-documentary, hand-cam style of filming, Afghanistan is now getting it’s own version entitled The Ministry. Daily Mail reports:

Rather than being set in a Slough paper manufacturing firm, ‘The Ministry’ is based in the war-torn country’s Ministry of Garbage. The mock-documentary has been filmed in exactly the same way as Ricky Gervais’ BBC comedy.

Footage of the characters addressing the camera directly, as if being interviewed, is interspersed with scenes of them apparently going about their working lives. The comedy, which will be broadcast on Afghanistan’s largest commercial television station Tolo TV later this year, features a sleazy manager, a dozy security guard and a man-hating female secretary.

[Continues at Daily Mail]

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  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    Afghanistan, step into my Office because YOU’RE FUCKING FIRED !

    You’re taking the wrong set of values from Western Culture, you can have Democracy without Mediocrity!

  • jasonpaulhayes

    Afghanistan, step into my Office because YOU’RE FUCKING FIRED !

  • Hadrian999

    i want to watch this show

  • Hadrian999

    i want to watch this show

    • Tuna Ghost

      I know, I was never a huge fan of the original but this sounds goddam fascinating 

      • Hadrian999

        i kind of liked the original but hated the American version

  • Anarchy Wolf

    No seems to be recognizing this for what it is, a great victory for American DemocracyTM.

  • Anarchy Pony

    No seems to be recognizing this for what it is, a great victory for American DemocracyTM.

    • Hadrian999

      with it’s apparent focus on government corruption i feel bad for the actors and writers

  • Hadrian999

    with it’s apparent focus on government corruption i feel bad for the actors and writers

  • DeepCough

    Agh. No matter what country you play “The Office” in, the show is still too goddamn banal for words.

  • DeepCough

    Agh. No matter what country you play “The Office” in, the show is still too goddamn banal for words.

    • Tuna Ghost

      Regardless, I still can’t wait to see this.  I firmly believe that television is as good a window into other cultures as anything.

      • Guest

        Or is it a window into someone’s vision of afghan culture?

        I notice an abundance of western dress and a woman acting as an equal to a man, without her face covered. This is definitely not conservative.

        • Hadrian999

          the whole of the middle east isn’t like fox news tells you, when i was in iraq you almost never saw women with covered faces, iran same deal

        • Tuna Ghost

          “Conservative” comes in as many flavors over there as it does in the west.  I could be wrong, but I was under the impression it will be produced and written by Afghani people.  Not everywhere in Afghanistan is rocks, caves, men on horses, and women covered head to toe.  There are cities and actual civilization as well.  The media usually doesn’t show you this for a number of reasons, but they exist I assure you.

  • Tuna Ghost

    Regardless, I still can’t wait to see this.  I firmly believe that television is as good a window into other cultures as anything.

  • Tuna Ghost

    I know, I was never a huge fan of the original but this sounds goddam fascinating 

  • Guest

    Or is it a window into someone’s vision of afghan culture?

    I notice an abundance of western dress and a woman acting as an equal to a man, without her face covered. This is definitely not conservative.

  • Hadrian999

    the whole of the middle east isn’t like fox news tells you, when i was in iraq you almost never saw women with covered faces, iran same deal

  • Hadrian999

    i kind of liked the original but hated the American version

  • Tuna Ghost

    “Conservative” comes in as many flavors over there as it does in the west.  I could be wrong, but I was under the impression it will be produced and written by Afghani people.  Not everywhere in Afghanistan is rocks, caves, men on horses, and women covered head to toe.  There are cities and actual civilization as well.  The media usually doesn’t show you this for a number of reasons, but they exist I assure you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Thompson/699244822 Steven Thompson

    Uhh.. the show isn’t funny on american television, it’s going to be even worse over there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Thompson/699244822 Steven Thompson

    Uhh.. the show isn’t funny on american television, it’s going to be even worse over there.

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