Should Be Required Viewing for All Americans.Cinematical
We have been struck by how little of the history behind the terrorist headlines is finding its way to American audiences. American television is seduced by the ever‐changing present, but no insight comes without understanding the past. A history that is not understood is one that will come back to cast a long shadow.Jim Burroughs, Director of Shadow of Afghanistan
SHADOW OF AFGHANISTAN invites viewers into the once breathtakingly scenic and peaceful country that has been ravaged by decades of war - beginning with the 1979 Soviet invasion. The informative documentary is at times haunting and sad, at times heart-warming and inspiring.Fox News
SHADOW OF AFGHANISTAN is a most important film of our time.Ally Derks, Director International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam
Intelligent, ambitious docu, 20 years in the making, SHADOW OF AFGHANISTAN traces the history of the country from Eisenhower’s visit in 1959 through the Soviet invasion, civil war and the post-9/11 American occupation.Variety
Because the filmmakers are less photojournalists than they are art and social historians, the footage and the story are remarkable… a powerful and educational achievement.Karl Katz, Director Muse Film and Television
Nowhere in this world will people listen to the cry of the people of Afghanistan. I speak for the broken hearted, I speak for the tears of orphans, I speak for the widows dressed in mourning, I speak for the bleeding hearts of mothers who have lost their children, and also for those who have seen their children die before their eyes. Till when will we conceal this burning story? I am burning, burning to tell this story.Afghan Poet
This is the epic story of Afghanistan seen through the eyes of an Afghan warrior, independent filmmakers and a small group of independent journalists, two who died covering the story. The filmmakers spent more than 20 years documenting the Soviet occupation, the exile of millions of refugees maimed by Soviet mines, a violent civil war, the fatal alliance of the Taliban with al-Qaeda, the invasion by United States forces and people still determined to survive to this day.
Filmmakers Jim Burroughs and Suzanne Bauman have a wealth of footage from more than 20 years of following this story, as well as compelling footage from the 1950s and ‘60s showing life in Afghanistan before the war. The witnesses recall events and tell the story over time growing older through the film. The documentary serves as a testament to the true story of Afghanistan. No insight comes without understanding the past. A history that is not understood is one that will come back to cast a long shadow.