Opening of Afghan Films
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Summary: Date (Afghan Calendar): 1348
Documentary footage of the formal opening ceremony for the opening of Afghan Films, followed by a compilation of early Afghan Films footage.
Footage Source: Afghan Films editing dept tape
Inauguration of Afghan Films
On the western side of Ansari Watt and next to the Civil Aviation building, the cornerstone of an organization is laid, which is going to play an important role in the progress of culture and tradition of our country, and that is the building of the Institute of Afghan Films.
Through the effort and sweat of courageous Afghan workers under the supervision and management of the Afghan Construction Company, the main structure of the building of Afghan film was completed in the shortest possible time and the work of completing the building and designing its interiors is in progress.
And this is the completed and well-equipped building of Afghan Films which was officially inaugurated in a glorious ceremony on 23 Jawza, 1347 (13th June, 1968), after a period of experimental functioning, by Dr. Mohammad Anas, Minister of Information and Culture by initiating its activities.
The manager of an international corporation of the U.S. in Afghanistan, Mr. Medro, considered the completion of this institute a token of cooperation between the two friendly countries. In his statements, Mr. Sultan Hamid Hashem, the Head of Afghan Films Institute, considered this inauguration in the auspicious reign of the king as a new step on the path of progress and development of information and sciences.
Mr. Robert Neumann, the Ambassador of U.S. to Kabul stated that the people and the government of U.S. are keen on assisting Afghanistan in the process of their progress in all different fields, especially in the development of their academic system. Dr. Mohammad Anas, Minister of Information and Culture, in his inaugural speech, thanked the United States of America for helping in the construction of this institute and added that Afghan Films would be like the eyes, ears and tongue of Afghanistan in recording and spreading Afghan culture and national arts. With cutting this ribbon, the building was officially inaugurated and invitees visited the different parts (branches) of the institute.