Documentaries

EMERGENCY's films are shot in Afghanistan and Sudan by independent film makers. They give an insight into the organization, its work, the victims of war treated in the hospitals and the people met along the way.

Back Home Tomorrow, by Fabrizio Lazzaretti and Paolo Santolini. This film features the moving stories of two children affected by war and highlights the work of EMERGENCY.

Yagoub fled Darfur with his family and now lives in the Mayo Refugee Camp in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. He has to undergo a serious heart operation, but neither his family nor his fellow tribesmen can come up with the money to pay for it.

Then, there’s Murtaza. He’s recuperating in EMERGENCY’s hospital in Kabul after losing his right hand and suffering multiple injuries to a landmine.

The directors expertly interweave these two fascinating and heartfelt stories without commentary to create a film of rich complexities and emotional resonance (90 minutes).

This film's U.S. premiere was at the 2009 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in New York City, where it received the Cinereach Award for conveying vital messages through artful storytelling.

Jung in the Land of Mujaheddin, by Fabrizio Lazzaretti and Alberto Vendemmiati. "Jung," the Farsi word for war, documents the building of EMERGENCY's first hospital in Afghanistan during the conflict between the Taliban and the Mujaheddin of the Northern Alliance. In the seven months they spent in the country, the directors recorded the legacy of one of the longest, ongoing and most complex conflicts of the last century (115 minutes).

This film won the top honor at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in 2001, the Nestor Almendros Prize for courage and commitment in human rights filmmaking. "Jung" also won the National Film Board Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2001.

"Everyone in the world should see this film, to be reminded that there is a human price to be paid for every action as well as every inaction." MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher

Afghanistan: Collateral Damages?, by Fabrizio Lazzaretti and Alberto Vendemmiati. This film documents EMERGENCY's activities in Afghanistan between September and December 2001, and gives an insight into the urgency of daily life in Panjshir and to the EMERGENCY team's journey toward Kabul to provide assistance to the victims of the never-ending Afghan conflict (60 minutes).

If you are interested in purchasing a DVD, or would like further information, please contact: info@emergencyusa.org.

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