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13 Jan

A few documentaries on Afghanistan, which i’d like to recommend.

Camp Victory, Afghanistan – Maybe it’s the particular issue that this documentary is dealing with but I found it to be the most interesting and thought-provoking of all these documentaries.

“Camp Victory, Afghanistan gets at the stark reality of the US/NATO “exit strategy” from Afghanistan. Shot over the course of five years, the film follows a battle-hardened Afghan General and the steady stream of U.S. National Guard soldiers deployed to train him and his army.”

The best part of the documentary is the interviews and conversations between the American advisors and the Afghans. Especially the Afghan commander, General Fazal Ahmad Sayar.

Restrepo – I watched this a few months ago and I was slightly disappointed as I expected much more based on the hype around it. It’s still worth watching.

“A year dug in with the Second Platoon in one of Afghanistan’s most strategically crucial valleys reveals extraordinary insight into the surreal combination of back breaking labor, deadly firefights, and camaraderie as the soldiers painfully push back the Taliban.”

Afghan Star – Again, I watched this sometime in 2011.

“A look at how contestants on the a musical contest program “Pop Idol” in Afghanistan risk their lives to appear on the show.”

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