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Late resistance leader Ahmad Shah Massoud (left) and editor Mike Edwards

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A Film Screening and Panel Discussion Focusing on the Middle East and Afghanistan

National Geographic Society
Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium
1600 M Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. (directions)


Monday, October 22

Live...from National Geographic presents “National Geographic Explores a Changing World,” a film screening and panel discussion focusing on the Middle East and Afghanistan in the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

The program will begin with a screening of the National Geographic EXPLORER production Afghanistan Revealed, featuring writer Sebastian Junger and National Geographic photographer Reza, a native of Iran. Filmed on the frontlines of the Northern Alliance’s campaign against the Taliban, the piece features interviews with Ahmad Shah Massoud, the charismatic leader who was assassinated two days before the September 11 attacks.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by National Geographic writer Joel Swerdlow. Other participants include:
Tom Abercrombie, a former National Geographic writer who, during his 40-year tenure, came to be known as one of the magazine’s foremost Middle East experts.
Don Belt, a National Geographic senior editor, has served as Middle East area specialist for the magazine since 1994. He’s authored a number of articles on the region, including features on Israel’s Galilee and Lawrence of Arabia. His story on the World of Islam will appear in the January 2002 issue.
Mike Edwards, an assistant editor for National Geographic who has worked extensively in Central Asia. Edwards met Ahmad Shah Massoud, the late commander of Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance, while gathering material for a recently published article.
Edward Girardet, a Christian Science Monitor reporter who has covered Afghanistan for 23 years and has written an article on Afghanistan for the January 2002 National Geographic.
Boyd Matson, a journalist and host of National Geographic EXPLORER, Matson recently worked on Assignment: Egypt, a piece that looks at events in Egypt, since September 11, through the eyes of young Egyptians.
Steve McCurry, a photographer who has journeyed to Afghanistan 16 times and is known for the emblematic 1985 National Geographic photograph of the Afghan refugee girl with the haunting green eyes.
Amged Soliman, managing editor of the Middle East Journal.

Net proceeds from this event will go to the Ferguson/Judge Fund, set up to honor two National Geographic staffers who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks. The fund will support the Society’s mission to promote global understanding through geography education.

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