For two years, German journalist and filmmaker Lukas Augustin worked for an aid organization in Kabul, Afghanistan, a city that likely conjures up images of war and suicide bombings for many. While living there, Lukas witnessed a side to the country’s capital city most of us never see: everyday Afghans going about their lives, men and women working, children playing and a city rapidly developing.
Earlier this year Lukas had the opportunity to return to Kabul with his fiancé Salome to capture this side on film. The resulting work, “Afghanistan – touch down in flight,” is a stunning piece of filmmaking that showcases the stark beauty of the country’s landscape while offering a counter-view to the footage of destruction we often see on the news with images of Afghans, both in the city and countryside, going about their daily routines.
“As each of us has his own impression of Afghanistan that is predominantly marked with pictures of foreign forces, explosions and terror, we were privileged to have access to capture daily life and portrait some people of Afghanistan,” explained Lukas. “We hope the pictures you know will merge with the pictures you see and will enrich your view on the country in the Hindu Kush.”
Shot mostly with a Canon 5D and 7D in and around Kabul and Mazar-e Sharif, the film is superbly aided by a musical arrangement composed by Lisa-Maria Puy.
Uploaded on November 1, 2011, the film has already garnered more than 100,000 views.
View photographs from their Afghanistan film expedition on Augustin Pictures’ Facebook page.