Homeland Afghanistan

Collections & Credits

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This project could not be possible without the vision and generosity of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Homeland Afghanistan started with the stories that our advisors--Professors Thomas Barfield, Sheila Blair, David B. Edwards, Morris Rossabi, and Lorraine Sakata--told us. They explained what people should know about Afghanistan, and perspectives to consider. They guided us to great resources, and gave advice as the project took shape. The project team has learned an incredible amount from these great teachers; we hope that with these videos, many more people can learn from their scholarship. Any shortcomings, of course, rests entirely with the Asia Society production team.

The Williams Afghan Media Project and the Sakata Music Library were the other cornerstones upon which this project was built. The hundreds of images, dozens of musical recordings, and carefully preserved film footage represent part of a cultural heritage of Afghanistan that may have otherwise been lost forever. We are grateful to Dr. Lorraine Sakata, Dr. David B. Edwards, and Gregory Whitmore for teaching us about the contents of the archives and being so generous with their time.

Many other institutions have given us license to reproduce sources. Among them: The British Museum, The British Library, Harvard Fine Arts Library, Cleveland Museum of Art, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, The Corning Museum of Glass, The California Museum of Photography, The Freer Sackler Galleries (Smithsonian Institution), and Smithsonian Folkways.

We have also taken liberal use of content in the public domain, and are very grateful to the individuals who have licensed their work through Creative Commons.

Please reference the "Sources" section for each video episode for a full credits listing.

Lastly, the Asia Society producers wish to thank the many talented colleagues and freelancers who contributed incredible time and skill to make this project a reality.




Grace Norman

Alexis Menten

Kate Harding


Mike Kulma


Core Industries

Catherine Colman

Grace Norman

Bill Swersey


Darren Ebert

Gregory Whitmore

Kelly Sebastian

Justin Adler

Shane Rymer

Elissa Mintz

Tim Satre


Kate Harding


Gregory Whitmore


Carley Moran


Vivien Stewart

Anthony Jackson

Jessica Kehayes

Alice Hunsberger

Jamie Metzl

Hassan Abbas

Rachel Cooper

Tim Kubik

Eric DeArmon

Alice Petrini

Eleise Jones

Kelly Nishimura

Elizabeth Cole

Pauline Noyes