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At dawn a nomad caravan descends on Aq Kupruk from the foothills of the Hindu Kush. In their camp, and in commerce with the townspeople, the Maldar reveal the mixture of faith and distrust that has kept nomads and sedentary people separate and interdependent over the centuries. The theme of…
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Afghanistan / Faces of Change Collection
This revolutionary series of 26 - 16mm films and videos, funded by the National Science Foundation, produced by Norman Miller and documented by some of the finest ethnographic filmmakers of our time. The films examine 5 cultures selected for the diversity of their geographic location: starting with the China Coast…
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In September 2005, Afghanistan held its first parliamentary elections in 35 years. Among the candidates for 249 assembly seats was Malalai Joya, a courageous 27-year-old woman who had ignited outrage among hard-liners when she spoke out against corrupt warlords at the Grand Council of tribal elders in 2003. ENEMIES OF…
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An Afghan Village
A collage of daily life in Aq Kupruk builds from the single voice that calls the townspeople to prayer, the brisk exchange of the baazar, communal labor in the fields, and the uninhibited sports and entertainment of rural Afghans. The theme of the film focuses on rural society. The film…
Sons of Haji Omar
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Love and Marriage in Kabul - Challenging Marital Traditions in Afghanistan
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They Call Me Muslim - Muslim Women and the Decision to Wear a Hijab
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The Afghan Solution
The Afghan Solution is a powerful and informative warning about the dangers of believing that a central government can address the gravely important issues that the Afghan people are more than willing to handle locally. It is a superb primer on the key issue affecting modern Afghanistan -- the struggle…