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Summary: A shot of Shor Bazaar in Kabul, followed by footage of a Kuchi settlement
Footage Source: DVCAM tape transfer
The Kuchis are a nomadic tribe of Afghanistan. None of the regimes ever persecuted the Kuchis but they were prevented from traveling because of the several wars. In recent years, with the change in climate and subsequent loss of pastures, there are very few grazing grounds for their animals. Now their main source of livelihood comes from selling milk and cheeses. Sometimes they sell their animals.
In November 2010, over 1000 Pashtun Kuchis came to Kabul to ask the government to settle a land dispute for them. The Kuchis had lived as refugees in Pakistan until just six months ago when they returned to build on land they contended their ancestors owned. But the Hazaras who now occupied the area in Dasht-e Barchi in west Kabul – claimed the Afghan government gave them the land to build a cemetery. Clashes left over a dozen injured and the newly built Kuchi homes burned to the ground.
In Kabul, with the winter setting in, the 300 families were housed in Darul Aman, a palace that is now in ruins. The issue was settled and the Kuchis returned.
The Kuchis were taken to Australia by the British to navigate the desert because their navigational sense was so sharp. There is a documentary in Afghan Films about Kuchis that was made by Mr. Farghand.
Mr. Hussaini who is a cameraman in Afghan Films recounts that once he was going to Herat and came across a Kuchi wedding. The men were in one tent and the women in another. The women were playing a tambourine. They wouldn't allow him to go close to the women so he put his tripod on top of a bus and shot from there. That was one of his favourite filming experiences.