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In 1973, a coup d'etat in the largely feudal kingdom of Afghanistan ousts the monarchy, introducing a Republic. From there, until the 2001 US invasion, volumes of unspoken history unfolded, only barely glimpsed by foreign cameras.
This program captures rare views of the county through the lenses of Japanese, Iranian, and American filmmakers during the time of the coup, the Saur Revolution, the Soviet war and the aftermath, revealing the Afghan people, their lives, and their aspirations in a time of endless unrest.
The centerpiece will be the renowned Noriaki Tsuchimoto's docu-essay on the era of Afghan socialism, ANOTHER AFGHANISTAN (2003).
This screening is a fundraiser for REFUGEE CARE COLLECTIVE.