If you ask the average American what he thinks of Afghanistan, he’ll probably mention Al-Qaida, the Taliban or opium production. It wasn’t so long ago, however, that the country was more often associated with beautiful mountains, fascinating architecture, poets and philosophers such as Rumi.
In fact, in the 1960s and 1970s, Afghanistan was a popular segement of the Hippie Trail—a route that ran from Europe and through southern Asia.
Despite the country’s current struggles with war, terrorists and drugs, much of the beauty remains and is captured in this video by Augustin Pictures. The footage was taken in Kabul and Mazar-e Sharif.
Salome and Lucas Augustin, winners of a 2013 CNN Journalist Award, are the filmmakers behind the project. The duo plans to return to Afghanistan to create a feature documentary. You can help fund their project on Kickstarter or read more about it on the official website.