This blog aims to highlight issues and information that don't always make it into the mainstream media. Recognising that comment is cheap, wherever possible it will link you directly to documents and sources that are mentioned in the text.
I realised some time ago that it was impossible to write about Afghanistan without writing about Pakistan and other neighbouring countries. With that in mind, the reader will come across articles that, while not specifically about Afghanistan, in some way shed light on the conflict.
Released in October last year, Danfung Dennis' documentary film about the war in Afghanistan, Hell and Back Again, has already garnered a fistful of awards, including Winner of the World Cinema Jury Prize Documentary at Sundance and the World Cinema Cinematography Award, also at Sundance, the Best Documentary Film at the Moscow International Film Festival and winner of the Harrell Award for Best Documentary at the Camden International Film Festival. It is also a nominee for Best Documentary at the 2012 Academy Awards.
Danfung Dennis shooting the film in Afghanistan
Michael Kamber in the New York Times said: "A tour de force...HELL AND BACK AGAIN stacks one astonishing shot atop the next: perfectly composed tracking sequences in the heat of battle; saturated moody low-light compositions in rainy North Carolina parking lots; gorgeous rich soundscapes". More details on where to see it on the official website.