The Exquisite Afghanistan You Don’t See On The News

Must-see: 5-minute award-winning video will change the way you look at this country. | By NGT Staff  
Afghanistan Lukas Augustin
The video captures endearing everyday moments, like this child running through an orchard. Photo: Lukas Augustin

For most of the world, the word “Afghanistan” conjures up images of despair and destruction. Our conditioning has made us forget that beneath the surface, life goes on in the landlocked, Central Asian country – ladies weave carpets and children play in orchards. In this 5-minute video. German visual storyteller, Lukas Augustin, captures haunting portraits of Afghans, lifting the veil on this thriving culture.

Here’s what Augustin had to say about his experience:

“As each of us has his own impression of Afghanistan that is predominantly marked with pictures of foreign forces, explosions and terror, we were privileged to have access to capture daily life and portrait some people of Afghanistan. We hope the pictures you know will merge with the pictures you see and will enrich your view on the country in the Hindu Kush.”

The locations in the video are Kabul and Mazar-e Sharif. “We wanted to go to other places as well but there were several incidents and security was too bad,” Augustin wrote. “Just one day after shooting at the blue mosque in Mazar-e Sharif a mob started from the very same place storming the UN building. I have lived from 2006-2008 in Kabul doing my civil service for a humanitarian aid organization. This March [2011] I had the chance to go back with my fiancée to show her the place I love and to capture the beauty of this country with our cameras. At the same time I made this as a tribute to a dear friend, who was shot in the streets of Kabul. Gayle inspired me in her love and dedication for the Afghans.”

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