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Adventure in Afghanistan 1973

Linker, Hal 1916
Television programs
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reference 1 DVD (50 minutes) sound color DVD
preservation 1 videocassette (50 minutes) sound color BetacamSP
archival original 1 video (50 minutes) sound color 2 inch
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HSFA 2002.16.57
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Donated by Halla Linker Aguirre and California State University at Northridge, University Library in 2002
Television broadcast created by Hal Linker with his wife, Halla, and son, David. Footage was shot in Kabul, Istalif, the Salang Pass, Mazar-e Sharif, Bamiyan, the Bande Amire Lake, the Red City of Shahr-i-Zohak, and Ghazni in Afghanistan. The broadcast begins in Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul, where they film the mixture of both modern and old styles in the buildings, transportation, and dress. Shots show some women completely covered with their chadors (head scarf) as they pass modern buildings and apartments. Schools and other institutions funded by Americans, Russians, French, and Germans are also shown. Traditional Afghanistan, before foreign aid, is demonstrated through footage of an old fortress, a caravan of water buffalo and camels, and shots of the animal market. The Linkers then travel to Istalif and pass the Kabul gorge and the old Silk Road. In Istalif they film young boys doing fine artisan work and young girls in matching school uniforms. They then head to the Salang Pass which passes through the Hindu Kush Mountains and film the mountain houses overlooking jagged cliffs, an old stone fort, and the last remaining covered bazaar in Afghanistan. The Linkers then move north of the Hindu Kush Mountains, near Balkh, and film some ancient cities including the Mosque of Nine Domes, which are relatively unknown to the west. The Linkers then travel to Mazar-e Sharif and film the beautiful tile designs on the Shrine of Hazrat Ali, the son-in-law of Mohammed, and a newly completed mosque surrounded by pigeons. The Linkers next stop was Bamiyan Valley where they stay in tourist yurts and film the large Buddhist statues, the paintings on the walls leading to the top of the statues, views of the valley from behind one of the statues, and the caves carved out of the hillside by Buddhist monks. On the outskirts of Bamiyan, the Linkers film a fortress and citadel, as well as the Daughter's Castle. On their ride through the desert the Linkers film caravans, as well as a Kuchi wedding dance, which is only performed and seen by men. The Linkers then move on to the Bande Amire Lake, and film its clear mineral rich water and the naturally created wall of mineral deposits which dams the lake. The Linkers then travel to the Red City of Shahr-i-Zohak where they view a fortress that was attacked by Genghis Khan and stop in Ghazni were they film the Minarets of Ghazni, once part of two great mosques. The Broadcast ends with the Linkers return to Kabul where they watch the cavalry demonstrate traditional Afghani games of skilled horsemanship: tent pegging which involves stealing the "enemies" tent peg and Buzkashi, a kind of polo that uses a calf's head as a ball, of sorts.
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Courtesy of Halla Linker
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Human Studies Film Archives Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland 20746
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