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Afghanistan / Faces of Change collection

Faces of Change - Afghanistan series

A series of 5 films from the Faces of Change collection
by Herb Di Gioia, David Hancock, Louis Dupree, Nancy Dupree, Josephine Powell
produced by Norman Miller
color, 148 min, 1974, digitally remastered 2017

Faces of Change - Afghanistan Series 2 DVD SET:


Shot in 1972, these five films present a portrait of Afghan life in the last months before the Russian invasion.

The films capture the daily economic and social exchanges in the market town of Aq Kapruk, an area inhabited by Tajik and other Central Asian peoples, 320 miles northwest of Kabul. Living along Balkh river, this agricultural community depended primly on wheat farming and a pastoral economy.

These films offer a window into an Afghanistan on the cusp of change, and serve as a record of the culture and life ways of its rural people.

"These five films portray different aspects of technology, economic arrangements and social life in the village of Aq Kupruk in northern Afghanistan. The area is hilly, intensely arid, the elevation is about 2000 feet, the population consists mainly of Tajikagriculturalists. There is a substantial bazaar at Aq Kupruk and the valley lies on the migration track of Pushtun pastoral nomads. Clearly the area comprises the three main segments of Afghan society: the bazaar sector, the farmers, and the nomads." — Asen Balikci, University of Montreal, American Anthropologist, 1977

Films in the Afghanistan series:
Afghan Nomads: The Maldar
An Afghan Village
Afghan Women
Naim and Jabar
Wheat Cycle

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About the Faces of Change collection
This revolutionary series of 26 - 16mm films and videos, funded by the National Science Foundation, produced by Norman Miller and documented by some of the finest ethnographic filmmakers of our time is now available through D.E.R. The films examine 5 cultures selected for the diversity of their geographic location: starting with the China Coast at sea level and moving up to Taiwan, then to Afghanistan, Kenya and finally to the mountains of Bolivia. Each location is examined through 5 themes: Rural Society, Education, Rural Economy, Women, and Beliefs.



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