Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"Talibanistan" episode from NatGeo seems timely now


Tresha Mabile, Matthew Arnold and Peter Coyote provide an on-the-ground report (48 minutes) in the 2010 National Geographic Channel Explorer report “Talibanistan”, about the “no man’s land” and tribal areas along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan.  It’s directed by Max Salamon.

Young men report being kidnapped by the Taliban and being told that they will be trained to become suicide bombers, when they don’t know what that means.

Military helicopter pilots and computer operators report on the difficulty in distinguishing between Taliban and ordinary citizens seen on the ground from the air.  

The scenery in the film is stunning, and the report reminds one of Sebastian Junger’s “Restrepo” (movies blog, July 10, 2010). 


NatGeo has its own link and sample video from the film here

The film would seem timely to watch now, given media reports to assassination of US military personnel by Afghan soldiers whom they are training, and given Obama's commitment to withdrawal by 2014.  Afghanistan has indeed become President Obama's own war.   

Netflix does not have a DVD of this film, and is offering instant viewing only until Sept. 22, 2012.  I don't know why some films streamed on Netflix have expiration dates.  Does anyone?

Imdb says the whole film lasts 120 minutes; Netflix offers just 48 minutes now. 

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