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Afghanistan / Faces of Change collection

A Series of 5 films from the Faces of Change collection
by Herbert DiGioia, David Hancock and Louis Dupree
color, 148 min, 1974

"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 Tajik agriculturalists. 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

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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