Jung (War) in the Land of the Mujaheddin (2001)
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In contemporary Afghanistan, an Italian surgeon and a war correspondent join forces to set up an emergency hospital in northern Afghanistan, a country that has had to cope with war for over twenty years. After the Russian invaders left in defeat and the country remained mired in civil war, the Taliban took over in 1996. Houses and schools have been burned down, sons killed on the battlefield and almost everybody is hungry, an Afghan woman explains from behind her chador, perforated by only a few air holes. Women may be beaten up in the street if they are seen showing any part of their legs. At the time of filming, mop-up battles are raging, tanks dominating the mountains, soldiers are trigger-happy and the landscape is strewn with mines, which have created countless innocent victims. The new hospital tries valiantly to help all of these war victims, but the number of wounded--many of them children, their limbs ripped apart by land mines as doctors despair--seems endless and resources limited. … More
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Critic Reviews for Jung (War) in the Land of the Mujaheddin
No one who sees Jung: In the Land of the Mujaheddin will be able to forget it, and few who see it will be sorry.
Valuable both as an historical document ... and for its unsparing and graphic depiction of the human toll of warfare and repression.
Jung is nothing if not timely, relevant and resonant in its heroic humanism in the face of the seemingly endless suffering of the people in this war-ravaged land.
Vendemmiati, Lazzaretti and Petitto ... attain an astounding access to Afghan places, people and sound.
Jung can hardly be called optimistic, but neither does it invite despair.
Timely, powerful but underedited and messily structured documentary.
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