Yakaolang means gbeautiful landh in the Dari language.
But today, refugees from this beautiful land can only return amidst a raging
storm that has continued to tear through this land.
Yakaolang is located in the center of Afghanistan. It is a harsh, dry land,
with bare mountains through which fierce winds blow. It is only 100 km west of
the famous Buddhas carved in the mountainside of Bamiyan, destroyed in March
2003 by the Taliban. It takes eight hours to go from Kabul, the capital of
Afghanistan, to Bamiyan, and several more hours over a rough, unpaved road to
reach Nayak, the seat of Yakaolang District. In October 2002, Nayak was still a
ghost town bearing the unhealed scars of war. And the village of Akbar and his
family was still silent after the unspeakable events that Akbar now finally
relates to his students. In this film, the silence of Yakaolang is finally
broken, and the film concludes with the sounds, images, and promise of a new
spring in Yakaolang.
copy right: Keiko kawasaki
For further information, please contact:
gThe Spring of
Yakaolang" Documentary Committee