Newsreel - travel and fashion
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Summary: Date: no date, between 1968 and 70
Newsreel shows the travels of PM Etemadi to the north of Afghanistan and a fashion show in the Kabul Hotel.
Footage Source: DVCAM tape transfer
Translated by Rajni Prakash
This newsreel is not dated, but we can guess that it was filmed between 1968 and 1972 because both Prince Ahmad Shah, King Zahir's son, and Nur Ahmad Etemadi, Prime Minister from 1968-72, are shown in the audience.
Incidents and Developments
At the end of holy month of Ramadan our religious people are praying the Eid ul Fitr namaz in Jama mosques, as gratitude for the success that they achieved from god in fasting through the holy month.
Muslims are greeting each other with their honest hearts and wide foreheads which are full of the brightness of religion and faith.
His highness Prince Ahmad Shah, President of Afghan Red Crescent Society received Mr. Georgy Andreawich Matrive, President of Red Crescent and Russian Red Cross who had come for a visit to Afghanistan. During his visit of Afghanistan, Mr. Matrive visited few economical projects and ancient monuments of our country and observed activities of the society in Kabul and Nangarhar.
Mr. Noor Ahmad Etemadi, the Prime Minister was warmly welcomed by people during his recent visit to Helmand Province and contacted them closely. People present to welcome the respected Prime Minister wanted to be ahead of each other to shake hand with him. This journey of Mr. Prime Minister is taking place as part of the series of his visits to various provinces of the country, assessing the affairs of those provinces and studying the issues of every province in the same area.
Mr. Prime Minister conveyed greetings of His highness, the King to people in a huge gathering of civil servants, teachers, residents and students of Lashkargah and stated that the basic reason for his visit of that province is close contact with them and to assess those problems that government is capable of a solution to. During his brief speeches, Mr. Prime Minister added that to solve the problems and treating the social difficulties, equal contribution of all people of the country is a basic need. Mr. Prime Minister mentioned that necessity of understanding; discipline and stability for development of a country are important elements. During his visit to various affairs of Helmand Province, Mr. Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of Cultural Center of that province in Lashkargah City.
And this is farm of variety of sample wheat for testing on basis of their yield and economic appropriateness for farmers of the country which was visited by Mr. Etemadi in Helmand. Mr. Prime Minister, while his visit to various parts of Helmand Province addressed a big gathering of residents of that province and said success of life of a country requires efforts and faith and belief on values that we must observe them for healthy living in Afghanistan as per the traditions and national characteristics.
Mr. Prime Minister visited the Bughra creek dam at 8 Km from Grishk City and subsequently around 3 Km from there he visited the hydro-electric dam of Bughra Canal.
Mr. Noor Ahmad Etemadi, the Prime Minister, with the aim of getting familiarised with the life issues of people, met officials and residents of Nimroz Province and as per rural custom, sat with them on the floor and while outlining various issues including problems due to water rise, he gave instructions to the Minister of Public Works that work of prevention of damages due to high water level during floods and management of usage of water of the river should be started based on specialist advice.
In the water dam area, in Charburjak District Mr. Prime Minister and his companions exchanged views about matters like usage of Helmand river water and issued necessary instructions about water management.
Mr. Noor Ahmad Etemadi, the Prime Minister entered Kandahar on 12th Jadi (2nd January) and was welcomed by residents and people from various parts of Kandahar Province. Mr. Prime Minister addressed a huge crowd of officials, teachers, residents and students in martyred memorial in Kandahar and said, "first of all I want to fulfill my duty which has been assigned to my by my great king and that is conveying his greetings and best wishes to you all". Mr. Prime Minister said, "When a big trusteeship of dignity and fate of our country was left in hands of today's generation due to sacrifice of our fathers and ancestors, we must understand our obligation for past and future of Afghanistan. While pointing out our present and future duties towards the country and matter of illumination among people, social cooperation, and observing both sides of law which is provision of rights and demand for the job; also while explaining the big responsibility that we have for preserving the fruit of sacrifices of the country's devotees, Mr. Prime Minister said about the matter of Pashtoonistan, "peaceful efforts of Afghanistan for support of legal rights of people of Pashtoonistan and for securing the the right of ascertaining the fate of those people will continue as per the global statement of Human Rights and United Nations Charter.
In order to provide help to disabled and strengthening of mother fund, a grand ceremony of fashion show of traditional clothes from different parts of the country and garments made of skin and domestic clothes was organized by Association of Volunteer Women in Kabul Hotel.
This fashion show was a charity event that took place at the Kabul Hotel, which was located in those days where the Serena Hotel now sits. The wives and daughters of prominent Kabulis participated as models in the show (in the cutaways you can see both Prime Minister Etemadi and Prince Ahmad Shah, Zahir's son, in the audience), and the fashions were meant to display the range of traditional and modern textiles and designs common in Afghanistan at that time.
Several models sport the shearling vests made into popular exports by certain tourists of the period, and one model is wearing a suit made of karakul, the wool of unborn lambs, which was for many years Afghanistan's most prized export, and whose international trade (spearheaded by financial mastermind Abdul Magid Zabuli) served as the foundation of Afghanistan's modern economy.
At the end of this ceremony, all participants who exhibited these garments, altogether passed through the audience and were welcomed warmly. Organizing this fashion show was yet another step in the charity work done by Association of Volunteer Women.