October 9, 2007.
Two new documentaries on Afghanistan have caught my attention in the last week. The first one is At War. This documentary will feel familiar to many people because of the man who shot the video footage: Scott Kesterson. Scott, a former soldier and now a combat reporter, started to get attention when his short video of Canadian troops fighting off an ambush got a huge number of viewers on various video sites. The footage went on to be included in features by Frontline and by the Canadian channel that shows all the hockey games.
Fortunately, Kesterson has much more video footage that he has accumulated from his work in Afghanistan. He has, together with his production partner David Leeson, worked all his video footage into a documentary. Based on the trailers, it seems to be a combat documentary first and foremost.
There are two trailers; one emo and one aggro. This is the emo trailer:
And this is the aggro trailer:
More information can be had by visiting the At War website.
And if At War is not exactly to your tastes, then perhaps Dateline Afghanistan: Reporting The Forgotten War is.
This is a clip from the documentary.
Dateline Afghanistan has the feel of an educational tool and I’m sure it would be a great documentary to show to journalism students. More info and purchase info here.