Massoud, The Afghan (2002)




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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.
Art House & International , Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Massoud, The Afghan

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

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.

December 4, 2002
New York Times
Top Critic

An invaluable historical document thanks to the filmmaker's extraordinary access to Massoud, whose charm, cultivation and devotion to his people are readily apparent.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
Top Critic

It's not the least of Afghan tragedies that this noble warlord would be consigned to the dustbin of history.

December 3, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

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

History's bittersweet footnote is that though Massoud did not survive, his cause did. The spirit of Massoud the Afghan lives on.

Full Review… | January 16, 2003
Arizona Daily Star

History has since overtaken Ponfilly's film, which now more than ever seems like but one chapter in a much larger story -- the ongoing tragedy of Afghanistan -- and a tragic tribute to all that might have been.

December 4, 2002
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