Michael Sauter
November 16, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

National Geographic: Afghanistan Revealed

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A-

Last November, journalist-author Sebastian Junger and a National Geographic crew journeyed to remotest Afghanistan to profile Ahmad Shah Massoud, the Che Guevara-like leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance. But what was begun as a documentary about a distant civil war has become a fiery prelude to our current conflict. The dire warnings of global consequences expressed here by Massoud — who was assassinated two days before the 9/11 attacks — now sound chillingly prophetic. Yet the film leaves its deepest impact with images of dying resistance soldiers and starving refugee children: gut-wrenching reminders that the war against the Taliban isn’t all about us.

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