Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  52 minutes
Date:  2015
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; Russian; Pushto
Color/BW:  Color
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Afghanistan 1979: The War That Changed the World

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The Soviet troops' intervention in Afghanistan was a pivotal event in the history of the 20th century. It launched Bin Laden and Al Qaeda.

Afghanistan 1979: The War That Changed the World

The Soviet troops' intervention in Afghanistan was a pivotal event in the history of the 20th century. It launched Bin Laden and Al Qaeda.

Soviet troops entered Afghanistan in 1979. This was the war that changed the world. Western countries refer to it as 'The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan'. For the Russians it was an operation with a 'limited contingent' of armed forces. Despite its 'limits', the war lasted ten years and played a key role in the collapse of the Soviet Union. It would be the final conflict of the Cold War, and the first in a long war that is far from over.

Reflecting on this particular chapter in contemporary history, we deliberately focus on events from the side of the 'invading' Soviets. Thanks to the release of hitherto secret archives that are tallied with testimonies of protagonists from all sides (Mikhail Gorbachev speaks for the first time on the Afghanistan invasion for example), the film offers an unprecedented reading of history and an understanding of how we have come to such a confrontational standoff between the Muslim and the Western worlds.

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Awards

** Best History Documentary 2015: FIGRA Award

Citation

Main credits

Mirzoeva, Gulya (film director)
Mirzoeva, Gulya (screenwriter)
Donn, Vladimir (film producer)
Gorbachev, Mikhail Sergeevich (interviewee)

Other credits

Editing, Giséle Rapp-Meichler; photography and sound, Olivier Chambon; original music, Alain Jomy.


Distributor credits

A film by Gulya Mirzoeva

Docuseek2 subjects

Middle East and North Africa
Russia and the former Soviet Union
Middle Eastern History
20th Century

Distributor subjects

History (World)
Middle East
Russia

Keywords

; "Afghanistan 1979: The War That Changed the World"; Icarus Films

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