Global Voices : Hell of a Nation (2004)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Military & War, Politics & Government, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 57 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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"Hell of a Nation" follows delegate candidates during the run-up to the December 2003 "loya jirga" (convention) that approved Afghanistan's constitution. The challenges these nascent politicians face are daunting (just getting electricity's a big deal) and they could get killed for their trouble, but they're just as idealistic as Jimmy Stewart in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." "Instead of power through guns," says one, "we must have power through laws."

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Afghanistan, behind-the-scenes, candidate, democracy, election, intimidation, political-unrest, religion, struggle, voting, war-torn