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NB. This is probably the 'first' part of these 3 films on precarious treasures of the middle east. But for the sake of this pack it's part 2 and makes no difference as each is a self contained film.
Dan Cruickshank and the Lost Treasure of Kabul
Originally Broadcast Saturday 4 May 2002, BBC TWO
Architectural historian Dan Cruickshank journeys to Afghanistan on an expedition into the heart of its war torn cities and mountainous regions in search of what remains of its once rich cultural heritage.
Over the last 20 years, Afghanistan has been blown apart by successive civil wars and the tyrannical regime of the Taliban. This was a country with a unique cultural identity, whose ancient trade road, the Silk Route, had brought a great fusion of influences from the Han dynasty in the East, the Caesar dynasty in the West and from India in the South. Now Afghanistan lies in ruins and archaeological sites and architectural ruins have been plundered by soldiers and profiteers.
For this Omnibus Special, Dan Cruickshank attempts to discover what cultural treasures remain. He travels to Bamiyan to see first hand the colossal Buddhas that were destroyed by the Taliban in March 2001. He meets the Hazara people of Bamiyan, who speak openly about life under the Taliban.
In Kabul, Dan visits the town’s museum which has lost approximately 70% of its collection. All artefacts containing imagery thought contradictory to the Taliban version of Islam were destroyed. What little remains is due to the heroics of museum staff and members of the Afghan "Cultural Resistance" who risked their lives to save art work. They tell of the extraordinary lengths they were prepared to go to, to protect their cultural heritage.
Omnibus Special also goes in search of the Bactrian Gold. This hoard of some 26,000 pieces of gold jewellery was found near Kunduz in 1979, but has not been seen since 1999. The gold is thought to lie intact in a secret location in Kabul.
Dan Cruickshank is one of the country’s leading architectural and historic building experts. He has written and presented a number of television programmes for the BBC, including Invasion, One Foot in the Past and Travels with Pevsner.
He is an active member of the Georgian Group and the Architectural Panel of the National Trust and is a director of the Spitalfields Historic Buildings Trust, a charity that acquires and repairs Georgian domestic architecture in London.
Dan is also a frequent contributor to The Architects' Journal and The Architectural Review and is the author of Life in The Georgian City, and The Guide To The Georgian Buildings Of Britain And Ireland.
Broadcast 4 May 2002, BBC TWO
VHS Rip - 2 Pass Xvid and then Encoded again in DIVX. Very Watchable Quality.
VHS> DVDR XVID>DIVX
Data Size: 698.3 MB
DivX 5.0, 640 × 416, 25 fps, 1.51 Mbps
MPEG Layer-3 Audio stereo, 44.1 kHz, 128 kbps
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