Hostage situations

Produced by Michael W. Smith, ‘Kabul 24’ is a film about eight Western aid workers  who were held hostage by the Taliban in 2001 – and escaped.

Weeks before their attack on the World Trade Center, the Taliban and Osama bin Laden captured eight Western aid workers in an attempt to hold back a military response to what soon would come to be known as 9/11. Pawns of a brutal regime, the well meaning aid workers from Shelter Now were subjected to punishing interrogations, a mock trial before the Taliban Supreme Court and the eventual bombing of Kabul, where they huddled in fear in the confines of a brutal Afghan prison. Produced by Michael W. Smith and narrated by Jim Caviezel, “Kabul 24” is filmed in Afghanistan in the actual locations of the events. Director Ben Pearson captures every perilous moment for the hostages, from their arrest and imprisonment to their miraculous, climatic escape to freedom.

Behind the movie
In the summer of 2001, eight Shelter Now International aid workers in Kabul, Afghanistan, were arrested by the Taliban and accused of spreading Christianity. Their captivity and trial drew international outrage and fiery debate: Were they aid workers or missionaries? Is it ethical to proselytize in Muslim countries where the law forbids it? Were they, in fact, getting what they deserved?

As events would prove, the truth behind their arrest was far more sinister than the world could ever have imagined. Six years in the making, “Kabul 24” takes you around the globe to reveal the personal stories behind the eight Western prisoners and their 16 Afghan coworkers who were thrust into the international spotlight. You will follow their amazing saga as they endure 105 days of harrowing captivity, the bombing of Kabul, a sham Supreme Court trial and a rescue as suspense-filled and miraculous as the story itself.

Sound Enterprises is releasing “Kabul 24” Nov. 3 for the suggested retail price of $16.95. For more information, visit

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