Film Annex Launches Afghan Development Project and Creates Internet Classrooms Afghan Cities

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The Afghanistan Development Project is in the process of building Internet Classrooms in Schools in Afghanistan. The schedule is to repeat this process every 6 weeks, so that 40 classrooms can be built, connecting 160,000 Afghan children to the global community of the World Wide Web. While providing the education system of Afghanistan with the tools to raise the per capita Afghanistan GDP from $900/yr to $8000/yr

Film Annex, an online film distribution and financing platform, has recently launched the Afghan Development Project in collaboration with Citadel Software Company based in Afghanistan. The project’s mission is to show the world the new face of Afghanistan by broadcasting current event videos, interviews, and news clips as well as archival material directly from the Afghan Youth Development. Film Annex is also building free Internet classrooms in high schools in order to provide the students with free access to Internet, education, and technology.

Film Annex’s President, Francesco Rulli, was first introduced to Citadel Software Company and its CEO Roya Mahboob through a NATO documentary he watched on Film Annex. “Roya Mahboob is the face of the new Afghanistan,” Rulli explains. “She runs her own business, she drives her own car, and she is completely independent, and she has a great sense of humor. Having access to the Internet and education will open the eyes of the Afghan children and make them realize that they don’t have to be the victims of the Taliban and they have other choices and opportunities in life.”

Through its partnership with Citadel and Roya Mahboob, Film Annex will be supplying the necessary technology to the high schools. The initial goal is to build 40 new Internet classrooms with a total of 400 computers and reach 160,000 Afghan children. The overall goal is raise the Afghanistan GDP per capita from $900 to $8,000 a year. Earlier this month, Film Annex sent $2,000 to hire local cinematographers and cover the cost of video equipment. The company is currently in the process of transferring footage from its Kabul office to New York City, where the videos will be edited and distributed on Film Annex’s platform.

This week, Film Annex transferred $15,000 to Citadel Software Company for purchasing computers and installing them in classrooms at the Baghnazargah High School, 5 kilometers away from the center of Herat, Afghanistan. The installation is set to take 3 weeks, and Film Annex’s Kabul production crew will be filming the process. The videos will be online 2 weeks after the installation is complete and can be watched on Afghan Development Web TV.

The Afghan Development Project is fully funded by Film Annex, and the company is relying on its speed and know-how to execute the project successfully. Francesco Rulli said that he sees Afghanistan as a land of opportunity for new business ventures and he wants the Afghan people to be conscious of the opportunities around them. With the Afghan Development Project, the West will see a new face of Afghanistan, and the Afghan people will get the chance to turn the lens on themselves and reveal their true culture and character.

About Film Annex

Film Annex is an online film distribution platform and Web Television Network with 220,000 registered users and over 1.5 million viewers a day. The company creates free Web TV channels for content providers and supports them financially through an ad-revenue sharing model. A meeting point for filmmakers, film festivals, film enthusiasts, companies, and organizations, Film Annex educates and entertains audiences by making meaningful, diverse, and high- quality films available to a global audience. For more information, visit

About Citadel Software Company

Citadel designs and develops commodity software in an expeditious fashion, using talented in-house designers. The objectives of Citadel are to generate profit, grow at a challenging and manageable rate, and to be good citizens. The keys to success for Citadel is marketing and networking, as well as responsiveness, quality, and having a loyal customer base. The local market for software business in Afghanistan, while not new, is wide open for fresh and expanding consulting firms. Citadel customizes software for the individual needs of each client while providing training and a follow-up service. For more information, visit

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