Superb and unsettling documentary which follows in the footsteps of journalist and one-time special envoy Ettore Mo in the war-torn Mujaheddin districts of northern Afghanistan, a region that has been at war continuously for 25 years, first against the Russians, now against the Taliban. There are fascinating interviews with the ousted President, and notably, with an Italian doctor and a British nurse who are trying to set up hospital facilities. Most powerful is the footage of ordinary soldiers and citizens - seemingly few left unwounded, few far from poverty, all possessing a strange nobility under fire. The West comes out badly.
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