Two More Afghanistan Videos

New to the HSU Library Collection and available for your viewing pleasure:


The new generations of Afghan people who have lived in a continuous state of warfare for the past 24 years are the focus of this documentary by Afghan-American filmmaker, Taran Davies. Davies and producer Walied Osman traveled from Queens, N.Y. to the Afghanistan frontline during the U.S. invasion, chronicling the lives of ordinary people who have never seen peace, yet still have hopes and dreams for the future. DVD


Inspired by true events, this powerful film from Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf tells the story of an Afghan-born Canadian journalist’s return to Afghanistan in order to find her sister, who has lost both legs to a landmine and threatened to kill herself in three days. During her frantic search, she sees firsthand the destruction and injustice that her homeland and its people have endured at the hands of the Taliban government. The winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, this film is a breathtaking and moving portrayal of a country oppressed. “Kandahar has the immediacy and authenticity of a documentary and the poetry of a strong dramatic feature” (Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle). In Farsi and English with English subtitles. DVD

Published by admin on August 9th, 2007 tagged Kite Runner, Related Viewing

2 Responses to “Two More Afghanistan Videos”

  1. Vinnie Peloso Says:

    For an insightful look women’s lives in post-Taliban Afghanistan, check out The Beauty Academy of Kabul, directed by Liz Mermin, distributed by New Video, 2006, and available at the Humboldt County Library, (DVD 305.42 BEAUTY).

    The movie’s website is

    Jeannette Catsoulis of the New York Times (3/24/06) wrote, “ In the summer of 2004, a group of volunteer American hairstylists, financed by the beauty industry, arrived in Afghanistan to open a school. In “The Beauty Academy of Kabul,” the director Liz Mermin documents the hilarious, moving and sometimes fractious meeting of diametrically different cultures, one that has suffered unimaginable horrors and one that believes a good perm is the answer to everything…”

  2. admin Says:

    The Beauty Academy film has received some attention recently. NPR offered a fairly long interview last year with the filmmaker, Liz Mermin and Shaima Ali, who is one of the teachers:

    In the last segment with Liz Mermin, the NPR interviewer raises questions concerning patronising and insensitive aspects of some of the interactions recorded in the film.

    There was also a book, Kabul Beauty School, about the same effort. It was written by one of the Americans (Deborah Rodriguez). This book and project has received quite a backlash this year:
    Apparently some of the Afghan participants now feel abandoned and dangerously exposed by the Americans.

    These questions do not detract from the interest of the film, book and project, but point out sadder outcomes of the effort.

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