AS Episode Descriptions

     

2001

AS 1. Religious Leaders Discuss Better Understanding of Peoples. Part1.  
Following September 11, 2001, leaders came together to foster better understanding of all faiths. Guests: Walid Fitaihi M.D., Rev. Lawrence French, Roger Guest, Rabbi Howard Jaffe, Rev. John O’Leary, Swami Tyagananda. (Won second place in the Northeast ACM awards) 10/16/01 RT: 29:55 Taped 10/16/01.
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow  Director:
 Maureen Jackson
 

AS 2. Religious Leaders Discuss Better Understanding of Peoples. Part II.
Wahlid Fitahi M.D, Rev. Lawrence French, Rabbi Howard Jaffe, Rev. John O’Leary, Rev. Stephen Carroll, Rev. Dr. William A. Albright. (Won second place in the Northeast ACM awards) RT: 26:20 Taped 10/16/01 . Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow  Director:  Maureen Jackson

AS 3. Afghanistan Under the Soviets.
Author-journalists Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould discuss their trip to Afghanistan in 1981 to film behind Soviet lines. Viewers will see a five-minute excerpt from their 60-minute documentary “Afghanistan Between Three Worlds.” RT: 20:15 Taped 11/16/01
Producer Mary Lou Bigelow:   Director: Courtney Bowman
Background: In 1981 Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould  were the first journalists to gain access to Afghanistan through diplomatic channels at the United Nations following the expulsion of 1135 western journalists one month after the Soviet invasion. Following their news story for the CBS Evening News, they produced a documentary (Afghanistan Between Three Worlds) for PBS and in 1983 they returned to Kabul for ABC Nightline.  In the 1990’s they worked on the film version of their experience under contract to Oliver Stone. Their book  Invisible History: Afghanistan’s Untold Story  was published by City Lights in 2009. Their new  book Crossing Zero The AfPak War at the Turning Point of American Empire will be published February, 2011. For more information visit their website at www.invisiblehistory.com                                                   
 

AS  4. Touring Afghanistan, 1968 to 1974.
Daniel Parsignault and Mary Lou talk about the major sites around Afghanistan. Viewers see some of Bigelow’s Super-8 film taken in 1968 to 1972. Some footage includes Buzkashi (polo with a headless goat), John Frankenheimer filming The Horseman and a flight through the valley to see the Buddhas of Bamiyan Valley, destroyed in March 2001 by the Taliban. Herat minarets and citadel walls, Blue Mosque in Mazar -i- Sharif and Ariana Airlines. (This show won first place for informational talk shows at ACM’s 2002 Hometown Video Festival.) RT: 20:05 Taped 11/16/01.
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow    Director: Courtney Bowman

AS 5. Afghan Heritage.

This is a conversation with Tim S. Hamid about life in Kabul prior to the Russians. RT: 29:00 Taped 11/20/01.
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow  Director: Courtney Bowman
 

 
AS 6. Life in Kabul as a British Citizen, 1968 to 1972.
Guest is Russell Mason who grew up in the country. Mason and Bigelow reminisce about their memories. Mason has continued his contact with business partners and friends throughout the years. RT: 29:40 Taped 11/20/01
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow    Director: Courtney Bowman
AS 7. The Good Old Days, 1968 to 1972.
Guests are Tim Hamid and Russell Mason, who both lived there during that period. Viewers will see film footage of the 50th Anniversary of Independence held in 1968. H.R.H. Mohammad Zahir Shah in the military parade, tent pegging, national folk dance Atan, Paghman picnic, Kabul Gorge on route to the Khyber Pass to Pakistan. (First Place award for Talk Show at the Northeast Regional Festival of ACM, 2002.) RT:29:31 Taped 11/20/01
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow    Director: Courtney Bowman
AS 8. Tradition and Culture.
M. Saleh Keshawarz PhD, PE, associate professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Hartford, discusses the traditions and culture of the country. RT: 30:00 Taped 12/20/01 
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow, Director: Adam Brooks
AS 9. Reconstruction and the Future.
M. Saleh Keshawarz PhD, PE,  associate professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Hartford, discusses the future of the country and his thoughts on reconstruction. His  research interests are in Geotechnical Engineering, Water Resources  RT: 30:00 Taped 12/20/01 
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow, Director: Adam Brooks
    
 
AS 10.  Humanitarian Concerns in Reconstruction
with Humayun Hamidzada RT: 29:35 Taped 1/16/02
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow    Director: Stephen C. Ranieri
AS 11. Chairman of the Interim Government of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai at       Georgetown University, January 27, 2002
 
AS 12.  President George W. Bush welcomes Hamid Karzai  in the Rose Garden of the White House on January 28, 2002 . RT: 30:00 Taped 1/28/02
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow

AS 13.  Not available.
 
AS 14. Chairman Hamid Karzai at the National Press Club, January 29, 2002
RT:30:38 Taped 1/29/02
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow 
AS 15. Chairman of the Interim Government of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, First Lady Laura Bush and Zalmay Khalizad at USAID on January 29, 2002 
First Lady Laura Bush and others, RT: 30:00 January 2002. Taped: 1/29/02
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow
AS 16. Razia Jan, Concerned World Citizen.

Razia Jan reminisces about living in Kabul prior to the Russian intervention. She talks about the role of women, children and family. Razia demonstrates wearing a chaderi or burqa and shows some of the 360 fleece blankets she made and donated to the New York fire fighters after September 11. (First Place for Cultural/Ethnic category at the Northeast Regional Festival of ACM, 2002) RT:30:00 Taped 2/12/02.
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow    Director: Maureen Jackson

Currently Razia is president of Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation. This nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization is dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in Afghanistan through community-based education. Founded with the belief that education is key to positive, peaceful change for current and future generations, the foundation strives to provide opportunities to learn and grow in a safe, nurturing environment. For info on her wonderful organization, go to http://raziasrayofhope.org/index.php

AS 17. Ehsan Aman, Melding Music of the East and West.
Ehsan Aman, well known Afghan singer, talks of his background in singing and life in Afghanistan. Wife and business manager Sahar Aman joins the discussion. RT: 30:00 Taped 3/5/02 
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow    Director: Maureen Jackson
 

AS 18. The life of Ambassador Abdullah Malikyar,
who was the Afghan Ambassador to the U.S. from 1967 to 1977. Roxane Malikyar, one of his daughters, talks about her father and shows pictures with many U.S. Presidents. RT: 30:00 Taped 3/6/02
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow     Director: Courtney Bowman
 Embassy of Afghanistan
Afghanland.com on Ambassador Abdullah Malikyar

AS 19. The Soul of Afghanistan: History, Tradition, and culture.

 click here: “The Soul of Afghanistan” brochure
 

(Part 1 of 3) This live event, designed to inform the American public about Afghanistan and its people, was held at McCall Middle School auditorium in Winchester, Mass. on March 5, 2002 to an audience of 400. Thanks go to the support of Friends of the Winchester Public Library, Winchester Multicultural Network, Winchester Interfaith Council, Winchester and Arlington Rotary Clubs and a thoughtful Winchester woman philanthropist.  The participants included 18 Afghans and eight Americans (who had been to Afghanistan). Three panels discussed 1) the history, 2) women and children and 3) reconstruction and the future of the country for 400 attendees. Charge d’Affairs Haron Amin, Embassy of Afghanistan, Washington D.C. joined the panel as a surprise speaker. Also, among the distinguished guests were Fozia Karzai Royan, sister of Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai, author-journalists Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould www.invisiblehistory.com, and Neamatollah Nojumi, author/scholar and advisor on Central and Southwest Asia.
Hosted by Mary Lou Bigelow and Najim Azadzoi.  RT: 60:00 minutes. 3/5/02 
Executive Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow Director and Co-Producer Marsha L. Browne
First Place Award in the international category is shared by Bigelow and Browne for the 2003 Hometown Video Festival of the Alliance for Community Media.)

 
AS 20. The Soul of Afghanistan: Women, Children and Family.
(Part 2 of 3) This live event, designed to inform the American public about Afghanistan and its people, was held at McCall Middle School auditorium in Winchester, Mass. on March 5, 2002. Distinguished Afghan women and others discuss issues facing women, children and family for 400 attendees. Hosted by Mary Lou Bigelow and Najim Azadzoi. (Second Place at the Northeast Regional Festival of ACM, 2002) RT: 30:00 Taped 3/5/02
Executive Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow Director and Co-Producer Marsha L. Browne
First Place Award in the international category is shared by Bigelow and Browne for the 2003 Hometown Video Festival of the Alliance for Community Media.)
Second Place at the Northeast Regional Festival of ACM, 2002

AS 21. The Soul of Afghanistan: Reconstruction and the Future.

(Part 3 of 3) This live event, designed to inform the American public about Afghanistan and its people, was held at McCall Middle School auditorium in Winchester, Mass. on March 5, 2002. Afghans discuss reconstruction and the future of the country for 400 attendees. Charge d’Affairs Haron Amin, Embassy of Afghanistan, Washington D.C.  joins the panel as a surprise speaker. Among the distinguished guests are Fozia Karzai Royan, sister of Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai; Farhad Ahad, who gave his life for his motherland in January 2003 while serving the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Neamatollah Nojumi, author/scholar and advisor on Central and Southwest Asia. Hosted by Mary Lou Bigelow and Najim Azadzoi.  RT: 57:00 Taped 3/5/02
Mary Lou Bigelow serves as executive producer and creator. Marsha L. Browne is co-producer and director.
First Place Award in the international category is shared by Bigelow and Browne for the 2003 Hometown Video Festival of the Alliance for Community Media.
AS 22. Care-International and New England Womens’ Initiative.  
NEWI President Gail Greenwald, and CARE representatives Alina LaBrada, and Tom Caffrey talk about its work in     Afghanistan for school children and women. RT: 30:00 Taped 7/16/02
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow     Director: Stephen C. Ranieri
 
AS 23. CARE-Overview.
Alina LaBrada and Tom Caffrey of CARE talk about all the programs CARE is involved with around the world as well as in Afghanistan. RT: 30:00 Taped 7/16/02
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow     Director: Stephen C. Ranieri 
AS 24. CARE-Afghanistan Update
. Sally Austin, program director of Care in Afghanistan talks about what she and other non-governmental agencies are facing as they perform their rehabilitation work. RT: 14:15 Taped 10/02 
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow      Director/Editors: Mary Lou Bigelow and Garabed Setrakian
 
AS 25. Afghanistan Book Donations.
Sabre Foundation Executive Director Tania Vitvitsky, Secretary of Sabre Foundation and President of Sabre Europe Charles Getchell Esq. and Architect Najim Azadzoi talk about the 9,000-book donation to Afghanistan universities. Viewers see Bigelow’s video taken in the fall of 2002 when Najim hand delivered 40 books to the Engineering and Architectural school of the University of Kabul. RT: 26:15 Taped 12/11/02
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow    Director: Stephen C. Ranieri
AS 26. Sabre Foundation Overview.
Executive Director Tania Vitvitsky, Secretary Charles Getchell Esq. and Book Donation Program Manager Colin McCullough of SABRE Foundation talk about Sabre’s programs around the world. RT: 27:18 Taped 12/11/02
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow    Director: Stephen C. Ranieri
AS 27. Afghans for Civil Society.
Sarah Chayes, former NPR correspondent and now field representative in Kandahar, Afghanistan talks about the work she does in the country. Sister Eve Lyman runs the Cambridge office. RT: 27:42 Taped 12/11/02
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow    Director: Stephen C. Ranieri
AS 28. CRAA, Committee for Rehabilitation Aid for Afghanistan
Public Administrator Joe Lovoi talks about the work of this Afghan non-governmental organization. According to Executive Director Dr. Sana-ul-Haq Ahmadzai, ” the utmost desire of CRAA is to bring peace, harmony & tranquility in Afghanistan and provide self-reliance/sustainable life to its people.” Viewers will see Bigelow’s
film clips taken on a trip to a small village where CRAA dispensed chickens to families under an educational program to teach people sustainable life. RT: 27:12 Taped 12/12/2003
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow    Director: Stephen Ranieri
 
AS 29. Neamat Nojumi,
scholar and advisor on Central and Southwest Asia. Authored: “The Rise of the Taliban, Mass Mobilization, Civil War and the Future of the Region, “published by Palgrave 2002. Show focus: Social and Cultural. RT: 28:00 Taped 1/21/03
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow   Co-Directors  Courtney Bowman and Stephen C. Ranieri
AS 30. Neamat Nojumi,
scholar and advisor on Central and Southwest Asia. Authored: “The Rise of the Taliban, Mass Mobilization, Civil War and the Future of the Region,” published by Palgrave 2002. Show focus: Economic and Political. RT: 27:58 Taped 1/21/03
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow   Co-Directors  Courtney Bowman and Stephen C. Ranieri
AS 31. Progress in Reconstruction with Dean Wise (Show 1 of 2),
Dean Wise, partner Norbridge, Inc. (headquartered in Concord, Mass.), and Mary Lou compare notes on Dean’s briefing at the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC) at the Pentagon with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on January 28, 2003 and Bigelow’s trip to Afghanistan in September through October 2002. The final analysis? Much progress has been made, but both underscore the need for the world to stay focused on Afghanistan while it moves toward selfsufficiency. This show is dedicated to Farhad Ahad who lost his life in a plane crash on January 24, 2003. Some film footage courtesy of Army Newswatch, Soldiers Radio and Television (2002 and 2003) and Bigelow ‘s film footage from her trip to Kabul September through October 2002.  Taped in studio 2/25/03
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow    Director: Stephen Ranieri
AS 32. The Road to Recovery with Dean Wise (Show 2 of 2),
Dean Wise and Mary Lou talk about the graduation of the 1st and 3rd Battalions of the Afghan army, burning of three tons of narcotics on an open public field, and an interview with Capt. Richard Johnson at the Army training base. Film footage courtesy of Army Newswatch, Soldiers Radio and Television (2002 and 2003) and Bigelow’s film from her trip back to Kabul September through October 2002.  Rt: 28:00 Taped 2/25/03
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow    Director: Stephen C. Ranieri
AS 33. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah,
Minister of Foreign Affairs (2001-2005). Exclusive interview with Mary Lou Bigelow was taped at the Foreign Affairs building in Kabul on October 6, 2002. RT: 28:00
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Abdullah_Abdullah

AS 34. H.R.H General Sardar Abdul Wali,

son of the Victor of Kabul H.R.H. Sardar Shah Wali and son-in-law of the former king His Majesty Mohammad Zahir Shah. He talks about the overthrow of Zahir Shah, the time he spent in prison as a political prisoner, his family and his wish for peace for his countrymen. Exclusive interview with Mary Lou on October 14, 2002 in the Royal Palace (Arg) in Kabul. RT: 28:00
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow 

AS 35. Dr. Ashraf Ghani,
Minister of Finance (July 2002-December 2004), gives keynote address at the Ninth Annual Harvard International Development Conference at the the Kennedy School of Government’s ARCO Forum of Public Affairs. Dr. Ghani talks about Afghanistan’s need for rehabilitation and reconstruction and answers questions from the audience. RT 60:00 Taped 4/ 4/ 2002.
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashraf_Ghani

AS 36. The Search for Khyoom and Rajab
In this monolgue that comes from the heart, Mary Lou talks about living in Afghanistan from 1968 to 1972. She tells viewers about her return trip to Kabul in September 2002 to search for Khyoom and his brother Rajab. Viewers see film and hear audio clips from 30 years ago as well as new digital video from her recent trip. RT: 24:44 Taped 4/18/03
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow    Director: Stephen Ranieri

AS 37. Mary MacMakin–PARSA

Mary Lou visits with Mary MacMakin, founder and president of PARSA, in Kabul on October 9, 2002. Mary talks about her 40-year involvement with the country and the many programs her NGO is involved with to help Afghan women and children. Viewers see some of the embroidery and crafts
made by Afghan women to support themselves.
www.parsa-afghanistan.org RT: 28:00 

AS 38. H.E. Mahmoud Saikal
Amb. H.E. Mahmoud Saikal, Afghan Ambassador to Australia (2002-2005). Exclusive interview takes place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul on Sep. 26, 2002. Viewers will admire this accomplished architect who is devoted to helping his countrymen. Kudos for the Australian Embassy website, which is jam-packed with interesting information on the country: www.afghanembassy.net.
RT 28:00 This interview was taped on 5/13/03 while he was Ambassador to Australia.

Mahmoud Saikal served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan (2005-2006), Ambassador of Afghanistan to Australia and New Zealand (2002-2005), Honorary Consul for Afghanistan in Australia (1994-2002) and Minister Counsellor and First Secretary at the Afghan Embassy in Tokyo (1993-1994). He is a Visiting Fellow at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy of the Australian National University.
In the field of development, since late 2006, he has been serving as Senior Advisor to major development programs/projects in Afghanistan, working with international agencies including JICA, UNDP and the World Bank. He has worked as senior Architect with the Australian Government and a number of large private firms.
Mr. Saikal is a graduate of both the University of Sydney and University of Canberra, with a Master in International Development from Deakin University.
(See a more recent Youtube video sumitted by the WorldBank under Recent Videos by Others.)

AS 39. Attorney Hangama Anwari
Training Coordinator for UNCHS Habitat Afghanistan, she also serves as vice chair of Afghanistan Women Lawyers and Professional Association (AWLPA), and as a member of the National Human Rights Association. In Habitat’s National Solidarity program, the focus is to mobilize men and women in small communities throughout the country to work together to help grow strong roots from which education, health training and other efforts will grow. She explains that after many years of war, people need to regain their moral values through identifying needs and taking steps in the planning process. Interview in Kabul on October 1, 2002  RT: 28:00 
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow
 

AS 40. Nasir Shir
Geographic Information System (GIS) expert at the University of Southern Maine, prepares for a one year position in Afghanistan, working with Afghanistan Information Management Systems (AIMS), under the UN. He speaks of his feelings about going back and his dreams for helping his motherland. RT:00:26:33 Taped 3/24/03
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow   Director: Stephen C. Ranieri

Dr. A. W. Parwani talks to Mary Lou and arranges a tour of the facility. October 2002.
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow

AS 41. General Abdul Wadud,
General Wadud was the bodyguard for the United Front (Northern Alliance) Commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, a symbol of resistance against the Taliban regime.and called the Lion of Panjshir for the battles he led against Soviet troops in the Panjshir Valley. Massoud was assassinated September 9, 2001. Interview was held at the Herat Restaurant, Kabul Afghanistan on September 18, 2002. RT:00:27:57 Edited and Released: 11/13/03
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow

AS 42. A Global Citizens Circle Presentation by Sima Wali

A Global Citizens Circle presentation held November 20, 2003 at the Omni Parker House, Boston, Mass. Afghanistan: A Delicate Balance: Human Rights, Democracy and Nation Building -Fulfilling Our Promise to the Afghan People.  Featured Speaker: Sima Wali, president of RefWid (Refugee Women in Development).  Moderator:  Liz Walker, former anchor of WBZ Television’s evening newscasts in Boston. Her current show “Better Living with Liz Walker” is aired on WCVB Television.
You will also see a special clip of the documentary “The Woman in Exile Returns: The Sima Wali Story” by Elizabeth Gould and Paul Fitzgerald (more info at Global Connection Series #3). 12/20/03 RT:00:58:00
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow

AS 43. CJCMOTV (Coalition Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force in Kabul)Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow

AS 44. ASCHIANA Center for Street-Working Children
Prodecer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow

Eng. Mohammad Yousef, Executive Director and founder talks about the center in Shar-i-naw section of Kabul. There are 38,000 street children in Kabul, per a survey conducted by partner Tdh Afghanistan with help from government staff in March to May 2002.  Children attend morning or afternoon classes. The reat of the day they must sell on the street for themselves and to make money for their families. They learn about drug prevention, mine detection, personal hygiene, literacy classes, carpentry, flower making etc. The work of ASCHIANA is invaluable and can use your help through donations or volunteer support. This compelling video says it all. October 13, 2002.  For further information go to www.tdhafghanistan.org. VT Release 2/18/04  RT: 28:00

AS 45. International Orphan Care (IOC)
This short peek at the work of IOC tells its own compelling story.  The work of this organization is so important to teaching orphans to read ans werite in farci and in English as well as to learn a trade. They receive lunch there as well. They attend the morning or afternoon shift so they are free to help out at home or work during the day. This wonderful organization can use your help. Go to www.orphanprojects.org. Original taping October   2002. Edited and released 2/21/04 RT 10:08
The mission of IOC is to provide the orphans of Afghanistan with HOPE(Help the Orphans be Productive and Educated). www.orphanproject.org.

Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow

AS 46. Avecina Emergency Hospital.
Dr. A.W. Parwini talks to Mary Lou and arranges a tour of the facility.
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow


AS 47a. Society of Afghan Engineers (SAE) (Part 1)
Society of Afghan Engineers – International Planning Conference for the Empowerment of Afghan Engineers  at  Stevens Institute of Technology:(Part 1) October 3-5, 2003.
It was sponsored by Stevens Institute of Technology and the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the U.N.
Welcome was by Mr. Qayeum Karimi, P.E., President and Founder of the New York City Chapter, SAE.
Professor Jahnbaz Almas, Vice President, the New York City chapter of the Society of Afghan Engineers, was a liaison between the Society of Afghan Engineers and Stevens Institute of Technology.
The National SAE was represented by President Abdul Hadi Rakin & Vice President Mark Quasem Kadir. Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow

 

AS 47b. Society of Afghan Engineers (SAE) (Part 2)
Society of Afghan Engineers – International Planning Conference for the Empowerment of Afghan Engineers  at  Stevens Institute of Technology:(Part 1) October 3-5, 2003.
It was sponsored by Stevens Institute of Technology and the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the U.N.
Welcome was by Mr. Qayeum Karimi, P.E., President and Founder of the New York City Chapter, SAE.
Professor Jahnbaz Almas, Vice President, the New York City chapter of the Society of Afghan Engineers, was a liaison between the Society of Afghan Engineers and Stevens Institute of Technology.
The National SAE was represented by President Abdul Hadi Rakin & Vice President Mark Quasem Kadir.
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow 
 

AS 47c. Society of Afghan Engineers (SAE) (Part 3
Society of Afghan Engineers – International Planning Conference for the Empowerment of Afghan Engineers  at  Stevens Institute of Technology:(Part 1) October 3-5, 2003.
It was sponsored by Stevens Institute of Technology and the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the U.N.
Welcome was by Mr. Qayeum Karimi, P.E., President and Founder of the New York City Chapter, SAE.
Professor Jahnbaz Almas, Vice President, the New York City chapter of the Society of Afghan Engineers, was a liaison between the Society of Afghan Engineers and Stevens Institute of Technology.
The National SAE was represented by President Abdul Hadi Rakin & Vice President Mark Quasem Kadir.
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow 
  

AS 48. Deputy Minister Ziauddin Zia
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow  
  

AS 49. A Presentation by the Afghan Ministry of Commerce
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow  
  

AS 50. Minister of Women’s Affairs – Habiba Sarabi

This exclusive interview with Dr.  Habiba Sarabi, hematologist and politician, when she was Minister of Women’s Affairs.  She talks about her agenda – what is most important to women of Afghanistan: steps to help them take power positions in the government and steps  to provide healthcare to women around the country.   The Interview took place at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs March 24, 2004. 
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow

AS 51. Dr. Masooda Jalal, presidential candidate   

 Dr. Jalal, pediatrician, held the post of national program officer for the World Food Programme (WFP)  in Afghanistan until early 2004, ran for president and came in second after President Hamid Karzai in year 2002 and ran again in the 2004 election. See this exclusive interview with Mary Lou Bigelow in Dr. Jalal’s WFP office in Kabul. The interview took place October 13,  2002. RT: 08:39
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow

  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massouda_Jalal

 AS 52. Education Training Center of Poor Women and Girls in Afghanistan (ECW)   

Executive Director Maleka Qanih and her daughter Program Officer Arezo Qanih give the viewer a tour of their training center. The quarters are fairly cramped, but the students, women of all ages, eagerly study in the literacy classes and sewing classes. This video gives the viewer a real feel for the energy of these women.
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow
  

AS 53. Women Helping Women – Afghan Women’s Network   Youtube.com  http://www.youtube.com/user/maryloubigelow 

This short piece gives you an inkling into the women of Afghanistan and how industrious they are whether it be networking, teaching, studying, promoting their own businesses. Take a glimpse at the workings of Afghan Women’s Network.  Youtube.com   http://www.youtube.com/user/maryloubigelow 
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow

AS 54. Jamal Agha Girl’s School  Suraya Sadeed of Help the Afghan Children, celebrates the opening of this girl’s school in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan in March 2004. It was built with the Support of The Oprah Winfrey Foundation USA.
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow
Help the Afghan Children is a non-profit organization working to empower the children of Afghanistan through academic and peace education.
helptheafghanchildren.org    http://vimeo.com/16970433 

AS 55. Afghan Women Making a Difference.                                                                                                       Examples of Afghan Women working for their country, women, children and families. 
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow

  

 

AS 56. Entrepreneurship
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow
 
AS 57. Dr. Abdullah Sherzai, Ministry of Public Health
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow  

AS 58. Ambassador Robert Patrick Finn
Ambassador Robert Patrick John Finn, who returned in the summer of 2003 from a tour as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, gives his overview of the problems and prospects for the country’s rebuilding process. This 2004 Warburg Lecture was arranged by Warburg Professor Ambassador Charles F. Dunbar, who also served in Afghanistan in the late 1960s and again as Chargé d’Affaires to Afghanistan in the early 1990s. The talk was held at Simmons College on January 28, 2004. RT:58:00
Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow

AS 59. Ariana
 Afghan-American architect Najim Azadzoi reads a letter to a class of female students at Aryana High School from 13-year-old Ariana Almas. Ariana donated $250 to the students to purchase supplies and equipment. She wrote, “Please be a symbol of national unity as today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders of a great nation (Afghanistan), yours and mine.” Her father is from Paktia and mother from Paghman. RT: 08:30 VT 9/24/02 Producer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow

AS 60 Return to Afghanistan (documentary)   
Return to Afghanistan, The Forgotten Land is the story of filmmaker Mary Lou Bigelow’s trip back to the country she left behind more than 30 years ago. She needed to see the land and people that made such an indelible impression on her when she lived and taught English there from 1968 to 1972. She needed to see firsthand how the people fared after the difficult years of drought and war. She wanted to find her former Afghan cook Khyoom and his younger brother Rajab and tell them how guilty she felt at not keeping up with them — if they were still alive. The film’s message is clear. The Afghans are a proud people who only ask that the world stay focused on their country until they can govern themselves once more in peace. Return to Afghanistan will surprise and shock you. It will make you cry, smile and laugh. Its universality of humanity will touch your heart. Filmed by Mary Lou in Sept. and Oct. 2002. RT 60 minutes. (Soon to be released)
Producer/ Editor/Filmaker: Mary Lou Bigelow

 AS 61. A Night in Kabul (event to be edited)
Producer: Mary Lou Bigelow    Director: Stephen C. Ranieri  

 AS 62. Nasir Saberi, former Deputy Minister of MUDH
The MUDH (Ministry for Urban Development and Housing) and the Society of Afghan Engineers held a conference on Kabul and the National Urban Vision from September 21-24, 2002. The conference was attended by returning Afghan engineers and architects as well as experts from 25 countries around the world. (See the Kabul conference in the series: AS 64 for more information). I attended that conference and this interview with Mr. Saberi took place following the event.
Mr. Saberi currently has an architectural engineering office in Kabul. He can be reached at 
abadconsult@yahoo.co.uk
Producer/Director: Mary Lou Bigelow

AS 63. Mohammad Yousef Pashtun, Minister of MUDH
This interview with Mr. Mohammad Yousef Pashtun, Minister of MUDH (Ministry of Urban Development and Housing) took place in the MUDH offices in Kabul following a reconstruction conference.The conference called Kabul & the National Urban Vision was held September 21-24, 2002 at the Lycee Estiqlal High School in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was organized by the Afghan MUDH and SAE (Society of Afghan Engineers) USA. It was also supported by UN Habitat, the Japanese Society of Civil Engineers, Kabul Municipality and Kabul University.
Producer/Videographer: Mary Lou Bigelow
AS 64a. The International Conference on Kabul & the National Urban Vision (Part 1) 2002
The International Conference on Kabul & the National Urban Vision was held September 21-24, 2002 at the Lycee Estiqlal High School, a Franco-Afghan school in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was organized by the Afghan MUDH (Ministry of Urban Development and Housing) and  SAE (Society of Afghan Engineers) USA. It was also supported by UN Habitat, the Japanese Society of Civil Engineers, Kabul Municipality and Kabul University. Conference Chair was Architect/Planner Professor Rafi Samizay of Washington State University and coordinators were Najim Azadzoi AIA of SAE USA and Engineer Nasir Saberi, Deputy Minister of MUDH. Richard Ragland was also an organizer. This is the first of a series of conference videos. This first one features President H.E. Hamid Karzai, Mina Ragheb, Rafi Samizay and Minister of MUDH Yousef Pashtun. (The thumbnail photo above is of Yousef Pashtun on the left and Najim Azadzoi.) Taped September 21, 2002.
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AS 64b. The International Conference on Kabul & the National Urban Vision (Part 2) 2002
Speakers in this session included Kabul Mayor Anwar Jekdalek (pictured in thumbnail), Advisor to MUDH Abdullah Breshna, and UN-Habitat Director of Asia & the Pacific Toshiyasu Noda and Conference Chair Rafi Samizay AIA.  Taped September 21, 2002.
The International Conference on Kabul & the National Urban Vision was held September 21-24, 2002 at the Lycee Estiqlal High School, a Franco-Afghan school in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was organized by the Afghan MUDH (Ministry of Urban Development and Housing) and  SAE (Society of Afghan Engineers) USA. It was also supported by UN Habitat, the Japanese Society of Civil Engineers, Kabul Municipality and Kabul University. Producer/Videographer/Editor: Mary Lou Bigelow
 

AS 64c. The International Conference on Kabul & the National Urban Vision
This segment focuses on the history and current planning needs of five major towns/provinces in Afghanistan-Jalalabad, Herat, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif and Kabul. Five working groups were set up to study all infrastructure needs – including water, sanitation, housing, and roads. Deputy Minister Nasir Saberi (pictured here) led the forum. The Kabul  presentation will be seen in the next of the series (AS 64d).
The conference was held September 21-24, 2002 at the Lycee Estiqlal High School, a Franco-Afghan school in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was organized by the Afghan MUDH (Ministry of Urban Development and Housing) and  SAE (Society of Afghan Engineers) USA. It was also supported by UN Habitat, the Japanese Society of Civil Engineers, Kabul Municipality and Kabul University.
 Producer/Videographer: Mary Lou Bigelow

AS 64d. The International Conference on Kabul & the National Urban Vision
Planning Director Farid Masumi focuses on the planning needs of Kabul.
The conference was held September 21-24, 2002 at the Lycee Estiqlal High School, a Franco-Afghan school in Kabul, Afghanistan.  It was organized by the Afghan MUDH (Ministry of Urban Development and Housing) and  SAE (Society of Afghan Engineers) USA. It was also supported by UN Habitat, the Japanese Society of Civil Engineers, Kabul Municipality and Kabul University.
 Producer/Videographer: Mary Lou Bigelow

 AS 64e. The International Conference on Kabul & the National Urban Vision
This presentation is by Professor Rafi Samizay, School of Architecture and Construction Management, Washington State University. Samizay, representing the Society of Afghan Engineers (SAE) USA, chaired this conference.
The conference was held September 21-24, 2002 at the Lycee Estiqlal High School in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was organized by the Afghan MUDH (Ministry of Urban Development and Housing) and SAE (Society of Afghan Engineers) USA. It was also supported by UN Habitat, the Japanese Society of Civil Engineers, Kabul Municipality and Kabul University.
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AS 64 f. The International Conference on Kabul & the National Urban Vision
This segment focuses on infrustructure needs. Ted Garland (?), Steve Rossi and Abdul Hamid Farid Kazi.
The conference was held September 21-24, 2002 at the Lycee Estiqlal High School, a Franco-Afghan school in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was organized by the Afghan MUDH (Ministry of Urban Development and Housing) and  SAE (Society of Afghan Engineers) USA. It was also supported by UN Habitat, the Japanese Society of Civil Engineers, Kabul Municipality and Kabul University.
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AS 64 g. Kabul & the National Urban Vision (Part 7) 2002
This segment focuses on UNDP water studies that go back to 1974 by Frank Boyer, who lived in Kabul from 1975 to 1978.                         

The conference was held September 21-24, 2002 at the Lycee Estiqlal High School, a Franco-Afghan school in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was organized by the Afghan MUDH (Ministry of Urban Development and Housing) and  SAE (Society of Afghan Engineers) USA. It was also supported by UN Habitat, the Japanese Society of Civil Engineers, Kabul Municipality and Kabul University.
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AS 64 h. Kabul & the National Urban Vision (Part 8) 2002
Professor Fumio Nishino, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, was chairman of the Afghanistan Reconstruction Vision committee of the Japanese Society of Civil Engineers(JSCE).  Prof Nishino presented the groups’ paper on September 23, 2002.  For the report, go to http://www.jsce.or.jp/strategy/files/Afgan-vision.pdf.

Moderator for this part was UN-Habitat Asia & Pacific Director Toshiyasu Noda.
The conference was held Sep. 21-24, 2002 at the Lycee Estiqlal High School in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was organized by the Afghan MUDH (Ministry of Urban Development and Housing) and SAE (Society of Afghan Engineers) USA. It was also supported by UN Habitat, the Japanese Society of Civil Engineers, Kabul Municipality and Kabul University. Producer/Videographer: Mary Lou Bigelow

64 i. Kabul & the National Urban Vision (Part 9) 2002
This part features a presentation on urban planning for the reconstruction of Beirut, Lebanon to help share ideas for the reconstruction in Kabul.
The conference was held September 21-24, 2002 at the Lycee Estiqlal High School in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was organized by the Afghan MUDH (Ministry of Urban Development and Housing) and SAE (Society of Afghan Engineers) USA. It was also supported by UN Habitat, the Japanese Society of Civil Engineers, Kabul Municipality and Kabul University.

AS 64 j. Kabul & the National Urban Vision (Part 10) 2002
This session features two presentations —
1. Dr. Reinhard Goethert, School of Architecture and Planning at MIT. contact: rkg@mit.edu
2. Duane Kissick, PADCO (Planning and Development Collaborative International) USA.
This session was led by Najim Azadzoi, AZAD Architects in Newton MA USA azadarchitects.com
The conference was held September 21-24, 2002 at the Lycee Estiqlal High School, a Franco-Afghan school in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was organized by the Afghan MUDH (Ministry of Urban Development and Housing) and SAE (Society of Afghan Engineers) USA. It was also supported by UN Habitat, the Japanese Society of Civil Engineers, Kabul Municipality and Kabul University. Producer/Videographer: Mary Lou Bigelow  

AS 64 k. Kabul & the National Urban Vision (Part 11) 2002
Azhar Tyabji, urban planner in Ahmedad, focuses on the reconstruction of Bhuj, India after a major 7.9 earthquake January 26, 2001 in the western part of India — the state of Gujarat and the princely state of Kutch.

The conference was held September 21-24, 2002 at the Lycee Estiqlal High School, a Franco-Afghan school in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was organized by the Afghan MUDH (Ministry of Urban Development and Housing) and  SAE (Society of Afghan Engineers) USA. It was also supported by UN Habitat, the Japanese Society of Civil Engineers, Kabul Municipality and Kabul University. Producer/Videographer: Mary Lou Bigelow

AS 64 l. Kabul & the National Urban Vision (Part 12) 2002
Presentations on the working groups were given by MUDH Advisor Abdullah Breshna and others.
The conference was held September 21-24, 2002 at the Lycee Estiqlal High School in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was organized by the Afghan MUDH (Ministry of Urban Development and Housing) and SAE (Society of Afghan Engineers) USA. It was also supported by UN Habitat, the Japanese Society of Civil Engineers, Kabul Municipality and Kabul University.
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AS 64 m. Kabul & The National Urban Vision (Part 13) 2002
This part featured two summary overviews by working groups. The second presentation was by Wali Shairzay, seen in the photo.
The conference was held September 21-24, 2002 at the Lycee Estiqlal High School in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was organized by the Afghan MUDH (Ministry of Urban Development and Housing) and SAE (Society of Afghan Engineers) USA. It was also supported by UN Habitat, the Japanese Society of Civil Engineers, Kabul Municipality and Kabul University.
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AS 64 n. Kabul & the National Urban Vision (Part 14) 2002
This is the wrap up of the Kabul & the National Urban Vision conference. Conference Chair was Architect/Planner Professor Rafi Samizay of Washington State University and coordinators were Najim Azadzoi AIA of SAE USA and Engineer Nasir Saberi, Deputy Minister of MUDH. Advisors were Abdullah Breshna and Richard Ragland. Minister of MUDH Yousef Pashtun ended the conference and Tahera Shairzay gives the final thank you.
The conference was held September 21-24, 2002 at the Lycee Estiqlal High School in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was organized by the Afghan MUDH (Ministry of Urban Development and Housing) and SAE (Society of Afghan Engineers) USA. It was also supported by UN Habitat, the Japanese Society of Civil Engineers, Kabul Municipality and Kabul University.
Producer/Videographer: Mary Lou Bigelow