Dir Moshen Makhmalbaf, Indep 2001. Visually stunning film that depicts
life in Afghanistan and shows the indoctrination of young boys, the
desolate nature of the country and the poor way of life. Strikingly
Video: Osama, Dir Siddiq Barmak, MGM 2004. A moving, indeed
haunting, tale of the rise to power of the Taliban and the effect on one
widow and her daughter disguised as a boy. Excellent screenplay. NOT about
Book: Taliban: Islam,
Oil and the New Great Game in Central Asia, Ahmed Rashid, I B
Tauris and Co, 2001. Fascinating, informative and easily readable account
of the history of Afghanistan and the effect of the Taliban.
Book: The Bookseller of Kabul, Asne Seierstad, Virago 2004.
A stunning account of the lives of a family in Kabul and the effect of the
Book: Jihad vs McWorld, Terrorism’s Challenge to Democracy,
Benjamin R. Barber, Ballantine 2001. An analysis of the central conflict
of our time.