Floating Through Kabul


Some cities ravaged by war slump into decline and desperation. Others rebound with as much vigour as before. Kabul seems to be the latter, which is not surprising considering its 3,000-year history as a crossroads of culture, commerce and empire. In this clip from documentary film Kabul Transit, the camera floats through the streets of the Afghan capital, past hawkers selling tea, lunch, fabric, chickens. Men dash across the street pushing wheelbarrows or pulling wagons piled high with boxes. People are everywhere. Like turn-of-the-century New York or present-day Shenzhen, it strikes me as being a kind of hustler’s city, where everyone is trying to aggressively make up for time lost to poverty and violence.

This entry was written by Christopher DeWolf , posted on Sunday May 04 2008at 04:05 pm , filed under Film, South Asia, Video and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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