Sean Langan

Documentary Film Maker


The journalist and documentary film-maker Sean Langan has a reputation for
going to places and speaking to groups other reporters wouldn’t dare approach.
After facing state firing squads in Zimbabwe, his life took a dramatic turn when he
was captured by the Taliban.

Starting out in print, Sean eventually found his niche with a portable video camera
- taking ever bigger risks visiting war zones and meeting terrorist groups. With
what he calls a combination of naivety and ambition, he tracked down kidnappers
in Kashmir and visited front lines in Iraq and the Gaza Strip; but it was his
knowledge of Afghanistan and his fearlessness towards the Taliban that made his

Having witnessed battles with British forces, Sean sought to meet the shadowy,
little understood enemy. He reveals the drama and surprisingly funny meetings in
which he was asked if Western women really were allowed to marry animals - and
the misunderstanding which nearly saw him killed as an American operative.
Sean reveals everything from political intrigue to how to negotiate a meeting with
some of the world’s most wanted characters - and the thoughts of a man about to
face execution, complete with wonderful ‘gallows’ humour.

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