Afghanistan Year 1380 | Chicago Reader

Afghanistan Year 1380

In Jung (War): In the Land of the Mujaheddin (2000), Italian filmmakers Fabrizio Lazzaretti and Alberto Vendemmiati followed humanitarian aid workers through Taliban-controlled Afghanistan; they returned in October 2001, as the U.S. air war against the Taliban was raging, and in this 2002 video the need for help is even more urgent. Gino Strada and Kate Rowlands, two of the medicos in the first film, reopen their hospital in Kabul and begin treating the victims of bombing and ground skirmishes. Lazzaretti and Vendemmiati capture the hazards of filming on the front line as well as the gruesome casualties. The suffering—especially in the weeping of injured children—is horrific, yet the rescue efforts so intimately recorded hold promise for the future. 54 min.

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