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Lights of Kabul cinema get turned back on

CHANGING TIMES A large crowd descended on Bakhtar cinema Monday for the first showing in a city long deprived of entertainment -- but when the doors opened, it was still a men-only show

THE GUARDIAN , KABUL

Many Afghans have secretly watched films at home for the past five years, often Indian classics but also Hollywood hits. For many young men Monday's show was their first trip to a cinema and some wanted to see a more optimistic message.

"It was the first time I have ever seen a film and I loved it," said Omaid, 17, from Kabul. "But now I would like to see a film about brotherhood and peace in Afghanistan."

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