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From Massoud to Massoud: Fighting the Taliban

This is the never-before-seen story of Ahmad Massoud, who is still leading the fierce, desperate fight against the Taliban in the remote Panjshir Valley. Thanks to exclusive access, this unprecedented film tells how father and son dedicated their lives to the preservation of justice and the pursuit of freedom in Afghanistan. As the world wakes to the new Taliban regime in Afghanistan, the stakes inside this turbulent country have never been higher.


This film tells the story of the life of the legendary Ahmad Shah Massoud, from his childhood, to his armed struggle against the Soviet occupation, his failure in politics, his fight against the Taliban and international terrorism, and his assassination by Al Qaeda, led by Osama Bin Laden. 

Both the portrait of a man and a people, it reveals the truth behind the final conflict in the Cold War and the birth of the Taliban, Al Qaeda and international terrorism. Nicolas Jallot tells the story of Ahmad Shah Massoud and Afghanistan seen through the eyes of Massoud's son, Ahmad, and those close to Massoud. He also draws on accounts from Massoud's friends, the views of eyewitnesses, and the personal memories of three photographers who spent time with Massoud, including Raymond Depardon, who was the first to photograph Massoud before he even took on the name Massoud and became well-known. It is a little-known encounter that brings us previously unseen images, the story of a totally unparalleled path, and uncovers forty years of History. 

The saga remains highly topical as History continues to be written in Afghanistan with the American retreat, the return of the Taliban and the threat of Al Qaeda and Daesh!

Massoud's son, Ahmad, now embodies the faint hope for peace. In this film, he looks back at his father's life and recalls that, beyond simply being a public figure, Massoud represented a state of mind, a hope for peace and a spirit of resistance and freedom.

A realistic account of a long journey, the story of a legacy!

Direction: Nicolas Jallot

Production: Mediatika for Histoire TV. With the support of the Île-de-France region.

Languages: French, English

awards & festivals

  • Festival international du film d’histoire de Montréal (FIFHM) 2022

    Best feature film award

  • Histories and Film Festival in Rasnov (FFIR) 2022

    Best Documentary 2022 – Professional Jury’s Prize


    Official selection

  • Festival international du Film d'Histoire

    Documentary Panorama Award

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