Thursday, March 24, 2011

Kabul Transit

I am often asked which films I like on Afghanistan. One I often recommend is Kabul Transit. It is a haunting film that stays with you. The singer in the clip above is Ahmad Zahir. The format - a kind of randomness - makes you feel a part of the city. You meet kite flyers, herbalists, money changers and young women studying at university as you pass through. You learn about the fabric of the city. Including the impact of the Soviet war as told through the ruins of the massive cultural center that was built in the 1980’s. Vintage film stock offers a rare glimpse back in time.

Take a moment to poke around their web page and look at the clips that have been put on YouTube. You will be rewarded.

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