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Afghanistan: The Wounded Land - Part 1: Kingdom

Season 05  Episode 1

In the 1960s, King Mohammed Zahir Shah opened up a peaceful Afghanistan to the world. The city of Kabul looked like a European capital with the best hotels hosting beauty contests and fashion shows. It was also a destination for hippies in search of cheap drugs and exotic adventures. But the country was profoundly divided between the westernized elite and the traditional, poor majority of the population. When communists seized power in 1978, a never-ending war began.

PART 1: KINGDOM features Homayoun Assefi, the brother of the last queen of Afghanistan; Miss Afghanistan 1972, Zohra Yousuf; Afghan Minister of Human Rights, Sima Samar; and Fahrid Mazdak, a former board member of the Afghan Communist Youth.

Narrated by author Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner).