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Populations in Danger: Kabul, a Weary War

  • France
  • 1997
  • en
  • 11'

In Afghanistan in the early 1990s, after the Russian occupation ended, militias competed for power. Four years of fierce clashes. Alexis Cordesse arrived in Kabul in early 1995, when the city was under siege. His images don't show the fighting but the life of the besieged population. Traces of face-offs and a lasting war. His photographs are brought to life by sound recordings captured at the time.

Populations in Danger: Kabul, a Weary War
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Synopsis

In Afghanistan in the early 1990s, after the Russian occupation ended, militias competed for power. Four years of fierce clashes. Alexis Cordesse arrived in Kabul in early 1995, when the city was under siege. His images don't show the fighting but the life of the besieged population. Traces of face-offs and a lasting war. His photographs are brought to life by sound recordings captured at the time.

What you will learn in this film…

A rare testimony of a city under siege • Kabul in the early 1990s • The montage of images and the sounds that went with them• The people get organized • Weddings • Communion • Care • A rostrum-camera film • Sound creation in the service of photography

Film chapters

summary00:00 Daily life in Kabul under siege

summary03:40 Clashes that last

summary06:00 Life gets organized

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Further exploration

• 2010 LUCIEN & RODOLPHE HERVÉ PRICE CATALOGUE - artist: Alexis Cordesse ; 2010 ; Vimagies editions ; French   

• AFGHANISTAN: THE LAND THAT WAS - authors: Sabrina and Roland Michaud ; 2002 ; Harry N. Abrams

• AFGHANISTAN. STEVE MCCURRY - artist: Steve McCurry ; 2017 ; Taschen 

• THE AFGHANISTAN WARS - author: William Maley ; 2020 ; Red Globe Press