This documentary is a tribute by two British photojournalists to four of their colleagues who died covering this incredibly messy war. There is very little good one can say about the war the Russians fought in Afghanistan (from 1979 to 1988) or its aftermath. As many as 50,000 Soviet soldiers died there, in fighting between the outnumbered and outgunned Afghanis and the forces of the powerful U.S.S.R. to the north. While the local resistance received some international support (most notably from the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Pakistan) and was eventually victorious, the country was soon embroiled in yet another vicious civil war, from which the ultra-fundamentalist (and virulently anti-female) Taliban faction emerged largely in control. It was called "the Russians' Vietnam," and rightly so. Both were vicious, unwinnable wars against adamantly opposed local populations -- and were very dangerous for any journalist to cover.
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