Title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work) -- archival collection
Supplementary materials: photographs, sound recordings, production materials, reviews, essays, study guide
Donated by Norman N. Miller in 2014
Full film record of village life in Afghanistan created for the American University Field Staff "Faces of Change" film series. Footage, shot in the Balkh Province of northern Afghanistan, documents the rhythms and rigors of agricultural life among Muslim sedentarists and follows the Maldar, Afghan nomads from the foothills of Hindu Kush, on their peregrinations. Footage includes: various subsistence and economic activities (search for grazing areas, irrigation and plowing of fields, creation of irrigation canal by diverting a river, cycle of the wheat harvest, herding and shearing of sheep, herding of goats, watering animals, gardening, brickmaking, and markets); male recreational and religious activities (horsemanship, male tea gatherings, various musical and dance performances, wrestling matches, boy shaving head of an adult male, men and boys weeding gardens, and religious observances at a mosque); Maldar encampments; setting and breaking camp; camel husbandry; village adjudications; fishing with throw nets; and interiors of nomadic tent houses. The films "Afghan Village", "Naim and Jabar", "Wheat Cycle", "Afghan Nomads: The Maldar" and "Afghan Women" were produced from this film project.
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD