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Meet Karim Asir. He calls himself Afghanistan's answer to Charlie Chaplin. And he's bringing silent cinema to the dusty streets of Kabul. The 25-year-old said he's witnessed suicide attacks, explosions, and threats against his own life for his performances. But he's determined to give people in this war-torn city a reason to smile.
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> I am afraid of being targeted by suicide bombings or explosions, but these issues can't stop me carrying out my work and performances.>> Karim and his family fled to Iran in the 90s, after Taliban took control of Afghanistan.
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He says for that, militants have threatened him for being anti-Islam.
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Afghanistan once had a long culture of music and performing arts. But under the Taliban's rule, most cultural activities were banned.>>
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He grew up glued to Iranian TV, mesmerized by Chaplin's performances. Once back in Kabul, he started recreating the comics' renowned look. He paints on a mustache for parties, orphanages, and even charity shows set up by international aid. Despite his parents' initial hesitation, they now say Karim is a source of pride for the family.
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