Blood on the Lens: A Filmmaker's Quest for Truth in Afghanistan

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 286 pages
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Murder is an effective way to gain power over others. Kill its leaders, and a country can be yours. Kill the people or ruthlessly intimidate them, and you can control their territory. Kill the journalists--or the story--and the truth of what is happening can be buried. Blood on the Lens chronicles filmmaker Jim Burroughs's eighteen trips to Afghanistan since 1986, the bloody and deceit-ridden period that saw the war against the Soviets, the cessation of American support, the civil war, the rise of the Taliban, the hijacking of the country by al Qaeda, the U.S.-led invasion, and the herculean effort to form a new country under the rule of law. Two casualties of these years of bloodshed were fellow documentary makers Lee Shapiro and Jim Lindelof, who disappeared on their way to interview legendary leader Ahmed Shah Massoud in 1987. Part of this illuminating book recounts an undercover sortie by Burroughs and a close friend of Shapiro into Taliban-controlled territory in 1998 to investigate their disappearance--unaware that at that moment just a few miles away, bin Laden was declaring his war against "all Jews and crusaders." Through such personal experiences, Blood on the Lens documents twenty years of treachery and betrayal, courage and hope in a country like no other. In conjunction with the release of Blood on the Lens, Burroughs and fellow filmmakers Suzanne Bauman and Dan Delvaney will release their documentary, Shadow of Afghanistan in select cities this fall. Filmed over twenty years, this is the untold story of Afghanistan, an epic tale of assassination, genocide and betrayal seen through the eyes of an Afghan Commander and independent journalists. For more information on the documentary, click on the companion site link above.

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1Hotel Taliban
2Nation of Exiles
3A Road Less Traveled
4Discretion and Valor
5The Great Game
6Mixed Motives
7Ghosts of the Khyber
24The Saddam Connection
25Going Home
26The Civil War
27Back Through the Looking Glass
29The Searchers
30Pakistan India and the Bomb
31Routes of Coincidence

8First Blood
9Crossing Paths
10End Game
11Pacho in Kabul
13Refugees and the Taliban
14Come Together
15Jalrez or Bust
16Dead Soldiers
17Smoke on the Border
18Siege of Jalalabad
19Two Photo
20Jalalabad Roadshow
21Lost in Space
22The Arab Afghans
23Noor Mohammed
32Caravans to Kabul
33Tora Bora
34Kill the Messengers
35Prisoners of Tor
36911 Revisited
37For the Record
38Kabul in the Wake
40Signs of Life
41Roots of Terror
42The Other Pakistan
43Return to Ushmen Tangi
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About the author (2007)

A graduate of the University of Southern California??'s School of Cinema, Jim Burroughs also studied international relations at Georgetown University??'s School of Foreign Service. He has produced, directed, and shot over 200 documentary films and TV programs since the mid-1970s. His most recent documentary is "Shadow of Afghanistan". He lives near Los Angeles.

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