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Rethink Afghanistan (2009)

Tariq Ali , Faiysal Alikhan , Robert Greenwald  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tariq Ali, Faiysal Alikhan, Andrew Bacevich, Robert Baer, Shukria Barakzai
  • Directors: Robert Greenwald
  • Producers: Robert Greenwald, Dallas Dunn, Jason Zaro, Kim Huynh, Ofelia Yanez
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Disinformation
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,798 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rethink Afghanistan" on IMDb

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RETHINK AFGHANISTAN is a ground-breaking, feature-length documentary about the U.S.' escalating military involvement in the Afghanistan war. It investigates the main issues surrounding Afghanistan - Troops, Pakistan, Cost of War, Civilian Casualties, Wome

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42 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Until I watched this DVD, I have had no interest in that God-forsaken country called Afghanistan. History has shown that no mighty empire has conquered that barren and arid land, is America going to be any different? We've been so brainwashed by the mainstream media that often, people can't distinguish what is going on in there except some hazy mass media soundbite of "fighting terrorists".

In this DVD, you will be able to ponder over:

- A bigger picture of the historical, cultural and ethinc history and makeup of
Afghanistan. Distinguishing things is a start to understanding reality.

- The difference between the Taliban and Al Qaeda. They are NOT the same.

- Video footage of the country on the ground in hard reality.

- The burdensome cost of the war to the American taxpayer: US$30 billion a year.

- Geopolitics.

- Interviews with the locals, professionals from a variety of fields, including
former CIA agents.

- Washington policy makers are not living to every day reality in the battlefield.

- Sad reality on the ground: THOUSANDS of INNOCENT civilian deaths!
Look at the faces of the featured old lady and the kid who died by the time this
DVD was released! What did they DO to YOU and America to deserve hunger,
starvation, bombing and death?! When was the last time YOU went without water,
clothes and food?

- The Taliban pays $8 a day to a citizen to fight the invading "foreign troops",
where is the reality of rebuilding citizen lives through American developmental
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well thought out and very informative.I February 8, 2010
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This film was worht watching and gives a human face to the dilemna in Afghanistan. I have passed it along to friends who also were impressed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, must see and share September 27, 2011
I encourage everyone to skip or supplement the standard movie night, watch this film and for God sake if it inspires a desire for change -- actually do something, pay it forward and share this movie with friends and family no matter what their current stance on the war. It's just over an hour long it's very easy for anyone even with modern entertainment ADD to digest. We need to further educate and inspire a change in public opinion, it's the only thing that will ever end this war. The Vietnam war was ended only because the people stood up and pressured their politicians.

The only negative reviewer so far, classifies this film's approach as defeatist, yet just like the Vietnam war, this war is will never, ever, ever be "won". The premise of this film is to not to give in to defeat but to look at the facts, examine the history, consider the future implications and creatively and logically "rethink" our approach. It breaks it down like this: Chapter 1: The Troops, Chapter 2: Pakistan, Chapter 3: Cost of War, Chapter 4: Women of Afghanistan, Chapter 6: Civilian Casualties, Chapter 7: Security, Chapter 8: Rethink Afghanistan.

We need to establish a stable Afghanistan and Pakistan with less poverty and desperation. It ends with a focus on methods for giving the Afghan people new hope, new jobs, education, and new direction. But even if you put all of that aside and consider this war from a purely selfish perspective -- we still need to rethink our approach for our own future security. As it documents, there are more combatants and "terrorists" today and the entire region is destabilized because of our actions and occupation in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We are digging a hole in quicksand. This movie is factual and features military leaders and opinions from both sides of the aisle.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars July 12, 2014
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2.0 out of 5 stars Another Bleeding Heart Liberal Documentary. May 2, 2014
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Totally one sided from the beginning to end, no wonder only 11 people have watched it including me. Lets just sit around the camp fire and sing some 60's music and not worry about people that want to kill us. If we left those people would still hate us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic consequences of war chosen over diplomacy November 14, 2013
This film should be watched by all. It shows the damage done to innocent victims

who are just trying to survive in that unforgiving land. It is tragic. The opium problem

is just growing more out of control. It is important that we here in the U.S. offer some

options for improving life over there. Forget the bombs. People choose opium and

terrorism where life is hard.

I found it especially sad when I read that the mother whose legs were blown off did

not survive to feed her large family of children.
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