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JUNG (War): In the Land of the Mujaheddin
Fabrizio Lazzaretti, Giuseppe Petitto,
and Alberto Vendemmiati
Winner 2001 HRWIFF Nestor Almendros Award

"Either human rights are valid for everyone or else they're just privileges."
- Dr. Gino Strada

In 1999 an Italian surgeon, Dr. Gino Strada, and a war correspondent, Ettore Mo, join forces and set up a hospital in Afghanistan, a country that has had to cope with various wars for the last twenty years. After the Russians, the Taliban took Afghan society firmly into their grasp. Houses and schools have been burnt down, sons killed on the battlefield and almost everybody is hungry, explains a veiled Afghan woman. Women are beaten up in the street if they are wearing sandals that show part of their legs; everyone is terrified of breaking the extremely strict rules of the Taliban. Meanwhile, tanks have conquered the mountains, soldiers are trigger-happy and the rugged, stunning landscape is strewn with mines, which are stepped on every day by countless innocent victims. The new hospital tries to help all of these war victims, though the Italian surgeon gets discouraged at times, because he knows that every day brings the same calamities and the situation is nowhere near ending. "This is a brave, intelligent, tough movie that must be seen, now more than ever. Much more than just a piece of reporting, JUNG is a very human portrait of the people of Afghanistan, and the horror of living in a state of never-ending war." -Martin Scorsese   For more information on this film, please visit the traveling section of our website and our Jung press page

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