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An Afghan film on gang rape, drawing material from recent incidents around the country, was released today in Afghanistan.

Film director Abdul Rasheed Azimi told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan that the movie, "Akse Yadgaari" ("The Keepsake Photo"), grapples with sexual abuse in Afghanistan -- a widespread problem -- through art and cinematography.

The film follows the life of a young Afghan girl in the western province of Herat who is gang raped by a dozen men.

President Hamid Karzai proposed a death penalty for rapists last year, but it did not pass.

In 2007, the release of the Hollywood film "The Kite Runner" was postponed due to its depiction of a rape, which upset the Afghan family of the young actor involved.

-- Merkhat Sharipzhanov

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