6 Best Afghanistan War Documentaries you must watch

20 Best Afghanistan War Documentaries you must watch

Afghanistan War

1978–1992

Afghanistan war is commonly known as the Afghan war.

The roots of the Afghanistan war lay in the overthrow of the centrist government of President Mohammad Daud Khan in April 1978 by left-wing military officers led by Nur Mohammad Taraki.

The Afghan War quickly settled down into a stalemate, with about 100,000 Soviet troops controlling the cities, larger towns, and major garrisons and the mujahideen moving with relative freedom throughout the countryside.

6 Best Afghanistan War Documentaries you must watch

Afghan Massacre: The Convoy of Death

Afghan Massacre: The Convoy of Death
Directed byJamie Doran
Produced byJamie Doran
CinematographyNajibullah Quraishi, Mark Oulson Jenkins, Steen Erikson
Edited byFranco Pistillo
Distributed byProbeTV
Release date
11 November 2002
Running time
50′

Afghan Massacre: The Convoy of Death (earlier title: Massacre at Mazar)[1] is a 2002 documentary by Irish filmmaker Jamie Doran and Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi. It documents alleged war crimes committed by the Junbish-i Milli faction of the Afghan Northern Alliance under General Abdul Rashid Dostum against Taliban fighters. The Taliban fighters, who had surrendered to Dostum’s troops after the November 2001 siege of Kunduz, were transported to Sheberghan prison in sealed containers. Human rights groups estimate that hundreds or thousands of them died during and after transit. Afghan Massacre: The Convoy of Death presents testimony from interviewees stating that American military personnel were present at and complicit in some of the mass killings, known as the Dasht-i-Leili massacre.

Taxi to the Dark Side

Taxi to the Dark Side
Directed byAlex Gibney
Produced byAlex Gibney
Eva Orner
Susannah Shipman
Written byAlex Gibney
Music byIvor Guest
Robert Logan
Edited bySloane Klevin
Distributed byTHINKFilm
Release date
  • April 30, 2007

Taxi to the Dark Side is a 2007 American documentary film directed by Alex Gibney, and produced by him, Eva Orner, and Susannah Shipman. It won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[1] It focuses on the December 2002 killing of an Afghan taxi driver named Dilawar,[2] who was beaten to death by American soldiers while being held in extrajudicial detention and interrogated at a black site at Bagram air base.

Rethink Afghanistan

Rethink Afghanistan
Directed byRobert Greenwald
Release date
  • October 2, 2009 (M.U.C.K.)
LanguageEnglish

Rethink Afghanistan is a 2009 documentary by Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films, about the US military presence in Afghanistan following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Produced and released eight years into the war,[1] at a time when Congress was considering sending tens of thousands of new troops to Afghanistan,[2] the film asks the American public to reconsider basic questions about the conflict, such as how much will it cost, in lives and money? How long will Americans troops be there? How do we know if we’ve won? What is our exit strategy?[1][3][4]

Hell and Back Again

Hell and Back Again
Directed byDanfung Dennis
Produced by
Music byJ. Ralph
CinematographyDanfung Dennis
Edited byFiona Otway
Release date
  • October 5, 2011 (USA)
  • October 12, 2011 (UK)

Hell and Back Again is a 2011 American-British-Afghan documentary film produced, shot, and directed by Danfung Dennis, about a sergeant in the United States Marines Corps who returns from the Afghanistan conflict with a badly broken leg and post-traumatic stress disorder.

On January 24, 2012, the film was announced as one of the five nominees for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[3]

Korengal

Korengal
Directed bySebastian Junger
Produced byNick Quested
Music byMarty Beller
CinematographyTim Hetherington

Korengal is a 2014 documentary that picks up where the film Restrepo left off, taking the viewer deeper into soldiers’ experiences of war in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan. The film consists of closeup interviews with soldiers in a platoon stationed at outpost Restrepo, during and after their deployment. Most of the reviews of the documentary have been favorable.

Bitter Lake

Bitter Lake
Directed byAdam Curtis
Produced byLucy Kelsall
Written byAdam Curtis
Running time
137 mins (2h 16m 44s)
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Bitter Lake is a 2014 BBC documentary by British filmmaker Adam Curtis. It argues that Western politicians have manufactured a simplified story about militant Islam into a good vs. evil argument, informed by and a reaction to Western society’s increasing chaos and disorder, which they neither grasp nor understand. The film makes extended use of newsreels and archive footage, and intersperses brief narrative segments with longer segments that depict violence and war in Afghanistan.

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