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Swedish filmmaker shot in Afghanistan

The Local · 27 Sep 2010, 11:44

Published: 27 Sep 2010 11:44 GMT+02:00

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"I had no idea that it hurt so tremendously much to be shot," Hollender told the Aftonbladet newspaper on Monday.

Hollender had been in the country for 30 days to make a film with the working title "Finding Ali" about life in the country. The film is scheduled for completion next year.

On Friday, he and his driver, who was also his guide, went to a village near the town of Azra east of Kabul to film some rural scenes. While traveling in the desert, a man tried to make contact with the car.

"It is quite common here for people to stick their head in the window and want to pick a fight. It can be locals, police officers, or whoever the hell is it, but in this case, it was very heated," Hollender told the newspaper.

Hollender's driver was aware of the danger and pressed on the accelerator.

"He saved my life by acting so quickly. We had barely moved 100 metres before we heard the window shatter and someone began shooting at the car. The guide continued to step on the gas and I crouched down. It felt unreal," said Hollender.

Seconds later, Hollender felt a bullet penetrate his upper arm. The panic-stricken duo drove through the mountains in search of help.

"It took a very long time to get to a doctor. I tried to cling onto the handle above the side window with my arm, but we had tied it up so tightly around the bullethole, my arm fell asleep and I lost my grip the whole time. I tried to breathe deeply and relax to avoid more pain and cramping," said Hollender.

Both realised early on that they could not go to a hospital. Hollender's driver had previously signed a document with the police guaranteeing his safety. If Hollender were shot, it could spell jail time for the driver and detention for Hollender or a substantial bribe to leave the country.

In a mountain village several kilometres outside Kabul, they found a doctor who attended to Hollender in a low stone building. During treatment, Hollender fainted from shock. Dizzy and nauseated, he directed his driver to take him back to his hotel in central Kabul, where he had to pretend he was not shot for two days.

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Fearing infection, Hollender decided to leave the country as soon as possible, catching the first available flight to Dubai on Sunday. According to Hollender, the wound is apparently very infected and he will need surgery as soon as possible.

Hollender is known for his controversial documentaries. "Pelle polis" (Pelle the Policeman) from 1998 dealt with a policeman who was sentenced for sexually assaulting a child.

In 2001's "Buy Bye Beauty," Hollender filmed himself having sex with Latvian prostitutes. He also appeared on Expedition: Robinson in 1998 and 2003.

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Your comments about this article

14:51 September 29, 2010 by Nemesis
He had no idea how much it hurt to be shot.

Did he think being shot would be enjoyable?
22:51 September 29, 2010 by mojofat
"I had no idea that it hurt so tremendously much to have a piano fall on my face."
11:25 September 30, 2010 by zooeden
I had no idea that it hurt so tremendously much to be shot, Hollender told the Aftonbladet newspaper on Monday. (what a retard) its like he´s telling that to his mom!!! -sorry mom!
22:21 October 6, 2010 by Sam1
I'm sorry for you now you got to know what it is like to be in such places...and why some people are being protected by Sweden...
10:18 October 7, 2010 by rafa1981
Another new to popularize the decision of the Swedish troop continuity in Afghanistan.
19:48 October 9, 2010 by wenddiver
The shooter is probably receiving Assylum now in Malmo.

Next time gun the bas(*&d down and then concentrate on thinking "happy thoughts" while you seek medical attention. Carry US dollars for bribing the police (all third world countries, regardles of ideology, accept and recognize the Dollar)..

Don't forget to carry a "blowout kit" get one from Xe (blackwater) and some quick klot (available from Galls or AD Meyer) and for God's sake shoot first next time and let him worry about Death/Pain.

Always have a better exit plan, then the plan that got you into the place.
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