The Interpreters: Afghanistan's Forgotten Heroes

Men and women who risked their lives to help American forces and NATO during the occupation of their country are being refused visas to escape, despite receiving Taliban death threats. Esquire contributing editor Ben Anderson investigates. 

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Esquire’s contributing editor Ben Anderson is no ordinary war reporter. He’s been to Iraq and Syria, Libya and Afghanistan, but he makes an effort to go beyond the press pack, to get to know the soldiers and civilians on the ground and in the line of fire. For his new film he’s looking at one of the bravest, most vulnerable and least reported groups in conflict zones: interpreters.

These men and women risk their lives to help occupying forces, but as Anderson’s film reveals, those working alongside American and NATO troops in Afghanistan have been abandoned: left to fend for themselves despite the very real prospect of being captured and, as one interpreter tells Anderson in the below trailer, probably beheaded. It’s a travesty that is not nearly as widely known about as it should be – which makes Anderson’s film, which will be viewable here on Friday, all the more essential.

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