The excellent BBC documentary Bitter Lake is on youtube in two parts and can be found at these links:
- Part 1:https://www.youtube.com/
- Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
It is well worth watching … stylistically I found its format somewhat distracting to my tastes and would have liked it more organized chronologically. But that is a nit pick. CS
Guardian Review by Emma Graham-Harrison below the line.
Adam Curtis’s Afghanistan documentary occasionally oversimplifies a complex story, but overall it is a powerful film that conveys the high cost of invasion
Emma Graham-Harrison, Guardian, Thursday 29 January 2015 06.06 EST
Adam Curtis’s long dive into the troubled and troubling history of Afghanistan is a brilliant summary of a lesson drummed into me over four years living in Kabul – how devastating naivety and good intentions can be when untempered by humility, knowledge or at least a desire to learn.
Bitter Lake, which is available on iPlayer, begins with the dam projects of the 1950s that sought to remake southern Afghanistan in America’s image, looks at ill-fated Soviet efforts to transform the country, then returns to castigate Washington’s second attempt at social and economic engineering.