Massoud, The Afghan (2002)

Massoud, The Afghan


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Director Christophe de Ponfilly met Afghan chief Ahmed Shah Massoud in 1981, while filming the movie "Une vallee contre un empire" in the Middle East. Years later, de Ponfilly returned to see Massoud, the commander of the Afghan resistance movement, in the hour of his last great battle, as he planned his offensive against the Taliban.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Christophe De Ponfilly
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New Yorker Films

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Massoud's story is an epic, but also a tragedy, the record of a tenacious, humane fighter who was also the prisoner (and ultimately the victim) of history.

Full Review… | December 4, 2002
New York Times
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An invaluable historical document thanks to the filmmaker's extraordinary access to Massoud, whose charm, cultivation and devotion to his people are readily apparent.

December 4, 2002
New York Post
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It's not the least of Afghan tragedies that this noble warlord would be consigned to the dustbin of history.

Full Review… | December 3, 2002
Village Voice
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Full Review… | July 22, 2008
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February 3, 2003
AV Club
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The most revealing images--those of Massoud at his most vulnerable--are buried under mounds of poorly edited footage and [de Ponfilly's] own boyish admiration.

Full Review… | January 21, 2003
Film Journal International

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