Militarism, Mutilation, or Minerals? Understanding the Occupation of Afghanistan | 4mins
Director: Iara Lee | Producer: George Gund
Focus Years: 2011 | Country: United States
By mid-2010, the war in Afghanistan had, arguably, surpassed Vietnam as the longest war in the history of the USA. At the warâ€™s outset, many U.S. citizens supported the invasion as a means of holding responsible those who orchestrated the attack on the World Trade Center. However, as time has passed and more American troops and Afghan civilians die, the U.S. government has struggled to maintain popular support by emphasizing other justifications for continuing the costly occupation. One of the most controversial concerns is the plight of women. But not all Afghan women agree, and many find the country just as dangerous as ever. Furthermore, some believe that, in reality, the U.S. is far more concerned with the nearly $1 trillion worth of untapped mineral deposits that the U.S. discovered in June 2010. This short film allows women in Afghanistan to give voice to their reasons for opposing an ongoing occupation.