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April 8, 2010
They've become famous among the soldiers who have passed through the airport in Bangor, Maine, on their way to and from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Among their neighbors, they've become a source of pride. To a nation wrestling with the politics behind the wars, they're an inspiration. They are the "Troop Greeters" of Bangor, an intrepid group of…
September 10, 2009
In Afghanistan in 2003, the road to becoming a delegate was almost as difficult as the terrain itself: only a fraction of Afghans would be elected to attend the country's constitutional convention, the Loya Jirga. HELL OF A NATION offers an intimate look at two candidates struggling to participate in this landmark event. HELL OF A NATION airs Sunday,…
April 8, 2009
Earlier this week, members of the San Francisco Commonwealth Club gathered for the screening of Sedika Mojadidi's MOTHERLAND AFGHANISTAN, co-produced by ITVS and presented by the Americans for UNFPA. The subject matter of the film is harsh, real and gritty. Afghanistan has the second largest maternal mortality rate in the world. But somehow the film's…