In 2014, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) began handing over security in Afghanistan to the newly formed Afghan National Army (ANA).
Following a unit of the ANA over the course of its first year of deployment without NATO support, “Tell Spring Not to Come This Year” tells the story of the human side of combat. Told from a largely unheard and misrepresented perspective, it explores the deep personal motivations, desires and struggles of a band of fighting men on the front line.
Without a NATO soldier in sight and no narrative but their own, this is story of the war in Afghanistan, told through the eyes of the Afghans who live inside it.
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Tell Spring Not To Come | BIG STORYWithout a NATO soldier in sight and no narrative but their own, this is story of the war in Afghanistan, told through the eyes of the Afghans who live inside it.
Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKER
TED Fellow Taji Farouky’s documentary offers an intimate glimpse into life in the Afghan Army, post-NATO support. In the TED Blog, the filmmaker spoke about his experience of embedding with this band of fighting — and laughing — men. Read the interview w/ Taji Farouky.
NATO & AFGHANISTAN
This background page from NATO's website explains the organization's evolving role in Afghanistan since 2003. Read more.
This backgrounder from NATO explains Afghanistan National Army Trust Fund, which is one of three funding streams used by the international community to channel its financial support to Afghanistan’s security forces and institutions. Read more (PDF).