Massoud, The Afghan (2002)
Critic Reviews for Massoud, The Afghan
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.
An invaluable historical document thanks to the filmmaker's extraordinary access to Massoud, whose charm, cultivation and devotion to his people are readily apparent.
It's not the least of Afghan tragedies that this noble warlord would be consigned to the dustbin of history.
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.
History's bittersweet footnote is that though Massoud did not survive, his cause did. The spirit of Massoud the Afghan lives on.
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.
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