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  • Language, culture, and history foil Americans training civilians for the Afghan National Army.

    Language, culture, and history foil Americans training civilians for the Afghan National Army.

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  • The Afghan National Army Training near Kabul, 2006

    The Afghan National Army Training near Kabul, 2006

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  • Afghan General Fazil Ahmad Siyar and American Colonel Michael Shute in a cave in Herat Province Afghanistan, 2006

    Afghan General Fazil Ahmad Siyar and American Colonel Michael Shute in a cave in Herat Province Afghanistan, 2006

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  • Afghan soldiers at target practice outside Kabul, Afghanistan

    Afghan soldiers at target practice outside Kabul, Afghanistan

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  • Col. Shute, Gen. Siyar, and Lt. Col. Ducharme in a caves in Herat, Afghanistan, 2006

    Col. Shute, Gen. Siyar, and Lt. Col. Ducharme in a caves in Herat, Afghanistan, 2006

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  • Col. Michael Shute eats with a fellow Afghan officer in Herat, Afghanistan, 2006

    Col. Michael Shute eats with a fellow Afghan officer in Herat, Afghanistan, 2006

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  • Col. Michael Shute, Gen. Fazil Ahmad Siyar, Gen. Walizidah and translator Mike Zaher at a farewell ceremony in Herat

    Col. Michael Shute, Gen. Fazil Ahmad Siyar, Gen. Walizidah and translator Mike Zaher at a farewell ceremony in Herat

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The Film

Camp Victory, Afghanistan is a verité documentary that tells the story of several U.S. National Guardsmen stationed in Herat, Afghanistan and the Afghan officers assigned as their mentees. These Americans, along with a band of Afghans, have been given the enormous task of building the 207th Corps of the nascent Afghan National Army into an institution capable of providing security, stability, peace, and justice to a tattered, volatile nation. Although the United States has poured military aid into Afghanistan, money alone does not produce an army; people do. And these Afghans and Americans have more in common than anyone would expect. With lives on the line and the military budget ballooning, can a modern Afghan army be created when 80 percent of the enlistees are illiterate; all are impoverished; the weaponry is second rate; and the enemy is elusive, dangerous, and lawless?

Using nearly 300 hours of verité footage shot between 2005 and 2008, Camp Victory, Afghanistan is the first film to examine the reality of building a functioning Afghan military — the initial critical step toward bringing stability and peace to Afghanistan.

The Filmmakers

  1. Carol DysingerProducer/Director
  2. Jeff Levy-HinteProducer