- Actors: Sebastian Junger, Ahmad Shad Massoud
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
- Language: English
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: National Geographic Television
- VHS Release Date: November 13, 2001
- Run Time: 45 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005RIIV
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National Geographic: Afghanistan Revealed [VHS]
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From the Back Cover
"This program offers an intimate look at a country with a punishing geography, archaic society, and a landscape already worn-torn." --The New York Times
In an unprecedented event, National Geographic goes deep into Afghanistan to bring back a vivid portrait of the tumultuous country that is no longer accessible to journalists and filmmakers. Features in-depth interviews with the late afghan resistance leader Ahmad Shad Massoud, who was assassinated two days before the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States. Includes exclusive interviews with Taliban soldiers being held by the Northern Alliance. Looks at refugees who speak plainly of their suffering from the effects of Taliban rule and the decrees that are especially harsh for women. With never-before-seen footage, Afghanistan Revealed is a harrowing journey into the heart of resistance and into the lives of the people as they continue their struggle against the Taliban.
Top customer reviews
First, I found that this movie didn't do justice to the richenss of the history of Afghanistan. It very briefly covered some of the history, but it seemed to be just rushing that part so that it could spend as much time as possible to cover Massoud and the Northern Alliance vs. Taliban struggles. For a movie supposedly "revealing" an country with a rich history, you'd think the ancient history would have been covered a little more thoroughly. Sure, there are time constraints, but at least a better effort could have been put forth.
Second, the little bits of history covered seemed to be covered in a very frail and almost deceiving way. For example, the video strongly emphasized Massoud's role in the mujahideen that liberated Afghanistan from the Russians, but failed to mention that Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban were also part of this movement. One wonders why they it wasn't even mentioned that the civil war between the Taliban and the Northern Alliance happened when those two groups competed for power from within the mujahideen. One almost could have gotten the impression from the movie that the Northern Alliance alone was essentially the mujahideen. Every documentary video clip of Afghanistan war history, even 10 second ones, seem to mention that Osama was part of the mujahideen, so I fail to realise why this drawn out documentary wouldn't even mention this?
Third, I found that the video should probably have given more information about the Taliban itself. It gave some details, but they were rather sketchy. Where did they orignate from? Who were their leaders? Etc.
This movie was still somewhat interesting, and I would recommend it if you are seeking a documentary on the recent civil war, the humanitarian crisis, and the activities of Massoud. However, if you are looking for something more general, something that will give you a rich understanding and appreciation of Afghanistan and the wars it fought, go elsewhere. I'm sure you can find a better information-centric documentary overview of the current civil war, too.
As a result I have been very impressed with Massoud's achievements, his nature and charisma and have been deeply sadend by his murder. One of the unparalleled individuals in history.
So if you want to learn more about Ahmad Shah Massoud and the historical run-up to his struggle, this documentary is very good.
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