A Fascinating Documentary Guide to Afghanistan—in 1973

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This grainy black and white Echo Newsreel from the National Archives opens with a shot of the Khyber Pass. "To drive north through the sullen mountains is to journey backwards in time, to an isolated nation that has consistently ignored the approach of a 20th-century world," the narrator begins. The ten-minute video, courtesy of the Internet Archive, gives a bleak overview of the history and politics of Afghanistan. The narrator's prediction for the future of the country is a bit of an understatement: "The remote rural markets have had little to trade, but the bargaining goes on in the traditional spirited manner. In fact, the whole country may have become yet another sensitive political marketplace, a future cause of international in-fighting." 

For more videos from the Internet Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/.

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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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