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Afghan version of ‘The Office’ coming soon to ToloTV

The Minister of Garbage talks about how he got to his post on the new show “The Ministry.” (Image from YouTube)

Instead of following the employees of the fictional Dunder-Mifflin paper company, “The Ministry” follows the everyday life of the officers at the Ministry of Garbage, including a sleepy security guard, underappreciated butler, man-hating secretary, and bumbling Minister.

The show is shot in the same way “The Office” is, using what appears to be a single-camera set up and the look of an actual documentary.

But “The Ministry” trailer indicates that the show will tackle deeper issues than “The Office” does, including the rampant corruption problem in the country. At one point in the trailer, the secretary lists off the needs of Parliament members to the minister: one wants 10 security vans, another wants him to authorize his drug trafficking business, and a third wants him to hire all his cousins.

The show will run on Tolo TV, Afghanistan’s most popular television channel and one of the first commercial stations in the country.

Watch the trailer below:

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