Visual Culture

Conversations on Afghanistan

Wazhmah Osman and Ben Hyman

Wazhmah Osman (NYU, Culture, Media…) and Ben Hyman (Brown`11) talk about her film, Postcards from Tora Bora, and the ways in which media shape time, place, and the public sphere in Afghanistan.


Ben Hyman (Brown `11)

… somewhere in the neverland, the ungovernable neverland…
? John King

On May 1, after Osama Bin Laden had been killed, we waited for President Obama’s announcement ? knowing what he was going to say but still not entirely believing it. On television, CNN anchors John King and Wolf Blitzer stalled for time, trading breathless phrases of surprise and excitement. Bleary-eyed, King evoked the years of uncertainty seemingly ended at a stroke:

There was the effort to bring Osama bin Laden to justice. There was the effort, the futile effort, the failed effort, in Tora Bora. And for the last ten years, we have asked our intelligence sources off and on, what’s the latest? Have you heard any chatter? Do you know where he is? Is he in Waziristan? Is he in a cave somewhere? Is he in Afghanistan or Pakistan, somewhere in the neverland, the ungovernable neverland?

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“Framing Afghanistan/Pakistan” an exhibit curated by Shiva Balaghi with Chantal Berman