Suzanne Bauman (1945-2022): A Life in Film – Profile by Marilyn Ferdinand

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists mourns the passing of Suzanne Bauman, a producer, director, and writer of more than 80 documentary and feature films, as well as a teacher of documentary filmmaking. Bauman succumbed to cancer on January 2, 2022, surrounded by family in her home in Wrightwood, California.

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SHADOW OF AFGHANISTAN (2006, 2012) – Retroview by Jennifer Merin

Shadow of Afghanistan is a primer about the history of Afghanistan. Providing extensive coverage and analysis of developments in the nation from 1959 to 2012, the documentary is a comprehensive overview of incidents and events that are extraordinarily entangled and complex. It’s a heartbreaking look at a devastated nation. There seems to be no end to the strife and anguish experienced by the people of Afghanistan during recent history.

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Jennifer Merin interviews director Suzanne Bauman re “Shadow of Afghanistan”

“We’ve been hooked on the story since 1986, when Jim was filming in refugee camps on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. There, he met Wakil Akbarzai, a principal player in Shadow of Afghanistan. Wakil, a commander in one of seven tribes constituting Afghanistan’s population, escorted Jim into Afghanistan to film cities and mountains where the Afghan people’s ongoing independence war was raging.

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