DVD Review: Search For The Afghan Girl
As some of you may know from my recent blog post I recently visited the Retrospective exhibition by Steve McCurry in Birmingham. Without doubt the image which he is most known for is ‘The Afghan Girl’. It appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine in June, 1985. After doing some research on the internet I came across a dvd which documented the search for the girl in the image. Seventeen years after the original image was taken, Steve McCurry and a team from National Geographic magazine set out to find the girl in the picture.
The dvd documents Steve and the team searching for the girl through to the Afghan-Pakistan border. FBI investigators apply cutting-edge eye-scanning and face-recognition technology to try to verify the identity of the nameless woman. I don’t want to reveal the final result, but its well worth watching.
As far as documentary dvd’s go, this is very well produced. Watching a programme such as this does answer many questions. Questions about struggle and suffering from people who are born into a war zone. It also goes to show how powerful an image can be.
In recognition of her, National Geographic set up the Afghan Girls Fund, a charitable organization with the goal of educating Afghan girls and young women. In 2008, the scope of the fund was broadened to include boys and the name was changed to Afghan Children’s Fund.