Recommendations for further understanding around the subject / theme:
Shah-i-Khot: Valley Redoubt – by Dodge Billingsley – Combat Film & Research (trailer)
Shot by war correspondent Dodge Billingsley while embedded with US and Coalition forces in March 2020, Shah-i-Khot: Valley Redoubt tells the story of the first conventional battle of the US led war in Afghanistan – Operation Anaconda. Set against the backdrop of the rugged Afghan-Pakistani frontier, Shah-i-Khot features exclusive combat footage and brings to life the complexities of war and the reality of men in battle.
Hassan Samedi: Cartoons Against Corruption – Cultures of Resistance Films 2011 (2.5 mins)
To many, Hassan Samedi’s work might not appear very dangerous, but the government of Afghanistan views it as a lethal threat. As a political cartoonist, Samedi criticizes the absurdities and contradictions of the state. Newspapers have been closed in response to his work, and he has received numerous threats for his commentary on government waste and the flawed rule of law under a U.S.-supported regime. This short film explores Samedi’s bold work and hears about the consequences he has faced for exercising freedom of expression in Afghanistan.
Restrepo – Dogwoof (2010) Trailer
Restrepo is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, “Restrepo,” named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90- minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you.
Taxi to the Dark Side – (2007) Trailer
This documentary murder mystery examines the death of an Afghan taxi driver at Bagram Air Base from injuries inflicted by U.S. soldiers. In an unflinching look at the Bush administration’s policy on torture, the filmmaker behind Enron: the Smartest Guys in the Room takes us from a village in Afghanistan to Guantanamo and straight to the White House. In English and Pashtu.
I’ve hosted several exhibition’s of Majid’s images since 2016. Firstly, at the conflict themed educational event called Military History Live, then at the Documentary Media Centre pop-up hosted at the Wot Space community space in the Highcross Leicester shopping centre and finally as the opening exhibition at the new permanent Documentary Media Centre on Northampton Street.
Afghanistan: The Lessons of War – BBC The Documentary (2014) Major General Andrew MacKay – Helmand Province 2007-2008
Suraya Pakzad talks to Lucy Lamble about her work championing girls’ education – and living on red alert for the next Taliban raid (20 mins) 5th December 2018.
Book: The Photographer by Emmanuel Guibert
In 1986, Afghanistan was torn apart by a war with the Soviet Union. This graphic novel/photo-journal is a record of one reporter’s arduous and dangerous journey through Afghanistan, accompanying the Doctors Without Borders. Didier Lefevre’s photography, paired with the art of Emmanuel Guibert, tells the powerful story of a mission undertaken by men and women dedicated to mending the wounds of war.
The heroin trade has flourished under the cover of war since the US led invasion of 7th October 2001, and Afghanistan has become the world’s first true narco-state. Guardian – The Long Read by Alfred McCoy (Jan 2018)
Team Afghan Power – Facebook page