Newsreel rushes - 1970s 8
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Summary: The first part of the clip is of books at Taraki's house when a film was being made on him. The second part is a Russian book exhibition at the Kabul Nandari being attended by PDPA leaders and their Russian guests
Footage Source: DVCAM tape transfer
This is a magazine from Herat province. On the cover is Hafizullah Amin, deputy of Muhammed Taraki. Later, he killed Taraki and replaced him. He was called 'Shagird-e-Wafadar (the loyal pupil) who suffocated his master with a pillow and took over the throne.
The magazine on top left is Ilm-aw-Fan (knowledge and technique). On the right is Taraki on a magazine cover.
This was shot in Taraki's house when he became President of PDPA. Afgan Film wanted to make a movie about his life and these were magazines lying around his house. The film was shot but never edited. The rushes are still at Afghan Film.
Engineer Latif: There was a great film on Taraki and Amin that I was working on as cameraman but it never got made. It was about the Sawr Revolution and Amin even volunteered to re-enact some of the scenes. One very important scene was a letter that Amin sends to the Khalq generals on the eve of the Revolution that led to the overthrow of the government. We sent the rushes to Uzbekistan. The reel for that scene never came back. Years later, I saw it in a film by an Uzbek filmmaker. I still have the rushes for that film.
Taraki with sunglasses
This depicts farmers celebrating a new life after the Communists took over.
On the left is the Cultural Attache of the USSR in Kabul.
This is the Kabul Nandare ( Auditorium) - a cultural centre made by Russia. It had a round stage that moved. It was one of the best in Afghanistan. Many theatre performances and cinema screenings took place. It was destroyed in the internal fighting. The structure still exists but there is no roof.
Selected works of Marx and Engels at a book exhibition at Kabul Nandari.
Engineer Latif: It was difficult for the Communists to change the education system but they added departments in the Minstry of Education and Higher Education. They added new subjects like Art, New Technology, New Sociology and history of Russia.
Most directors and sound recordists would go to Russia to study. They went to Leningrad for sound and to Moscow for Direction, Script-writing and Camera.
When I went to Russia to present 'Faraar' at a film festival, a professor of the University asked me to say that I studied there and that they'd give me an honorary Diploma. Of course, I refused!
One of the leaders of the PDPA - maybe, according to Engineer Latif, the President of the Kabul University with guests possibly from Russia.