A Beautifully Cinematic Vision of Afghanistan

This simply gorgeous documentary reveals another side of the culture and landscape of Afghanistan. German filmmaker Lukas Augustin spent two years in Kabul working for a humanitarian organization before returning with his partner Salome Augustin to shoot this film in Kabul and Mazar-e Sharif. Make sure to watch in HD with the sound on to appreciate the original score by Lisa-Maria Puy, and don't miss Alan Taylor's monthly photo series about Afghanistan, which featured this film today. 

On their Vimeo page, the Augustins describe their experience:

As each of us has his own impression of Afghanistan that is predominantly marked with pictures of foreign forces, explosions and terror, we were privileged to have access to capture daily life and portrait some people of Afghanistan. We hope the pictures you know will merge with the pictures you see and will enrich your view on the country in the Hindu Kush. 

I have lived from 2006-2008 in Kabul doing my civil service for a humanitarian aid organization. This March I had the chance to go back with my fiancée to show her the place I love and to capture the beauty of this country with our cameras.

At the same time I made this as a tribute to a dear friend, who was shot in the streets of Kabul. Gayle inspired me in her love and dedication for the Afghans.

For more work by Lukas and Salome Augustin, visit http://www.lukasaugustin.de/.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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