Keeping the Music Alive

From celebrated ensemble to targets in hiding, this is the story of Afghanistan's first all-female orchestra now fighting for its survival. Can they keep their music alive?

Following the War on Terror, Zohra soared to international acclaim. These talented women became symbols of hope and freedom, but their success made them prime targets for extremists.

When the Taliban seized control in 2021, their oppressive views on women and music placed the ensemble in grave danger, forcing some members into hiding. Scattered and fearful, they now face an uncertain future. Meanwhile, those who escaped abroad fought tirelessly for the rescue of their bandmates. Their unwavering spirit binds them. Exclusive interviews with the young musicians, their founder, and teachers reveal their desperate plight.

Keeping the Music Alive: Season 1