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Documentary about Bacha Bazi, or the Afghani practice of sexually exploiting young boys. The boys are purchased from their families by and kept as sex slaves and taught to sing and dance. The practice is mind blowing in scale, and owning a boy is seen as a status symbol, so it’s prominent among the wealthy and powerful. The boys are subject to beatings or even death for not complying with their owners demands.
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Truly one of the worst documentaries I have ever seen. Absolutely abysmal. Essential viewing for fans due to some brief footage involving the man himself, but frankly impressive that such a bad film can be made about such an amazing subject.