Artists' Television Access

Taliban Country

ANSWER Film Series

Thursday, April 6, 2006, 7:30 pm, $5

taliban country

In May/June 2004, Walkley-award winning investigative reporter Carmela Baranowska was embedded with U.S. Marines in one of the most dangerous and remote parts of Afghanistan, beyond the reach of UN and aid agencies.

Frustrated by the limitations imposed on what she could report, Baranowska decided to travel back to Oruzgon Province independently of the U.S. Marines and Afghan militia that she had journeyed with up to that point. Western media outlets reported her kidnapping by the Taliban; a ‘fact’ the documentary dispels. (The source of reports of an abandoned vehicle and Taliban abduction of a western woman has never been uncovered.)

More importantly, Baranowska’s footage offers disturbing first-person accounts of the treatment being dealt Afghans by U.S. marines in the war on terror and has led to the opening of two U.S. military investigations.Carmela Baranowska, 45 mins, Australia, 2004

With a report and discussion on the history of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and the continuing occupation.


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