Last November, journalist-author Sebastian Junger and a National Geographic crew journeyed to remotest Afghanistan to profile Ahmad Shah Massoud, the Che Guevara-like leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance. But what was begun as a documentary about a distant civil war has become a fiery prelude to our current conflict. The dire warnings of global consequences expressed here by Massoud — who was assassinated two days before the 9/11 attacks — now sound chillingly prophetic. Yet the film leaves its deepest impact with images of dying resistance soldiers and starving refugee children: gut-wrenching reminders that the war against the Taliban isn’t all about us.
National Geographic: Afghanistan Revealed