Friday is a holiday i the Afghanistan capital of Kabul - except for the marketplace which becomes a hive of activity and meeting place for people from all over the country.
GV Kabul valley
LV Shepherd with flock of sheep along dusty road
GV People arriving at open market with houses on mountainside seen in background
SV People walking in market (2 shots)
SV Policemen walking through market
SV Shepherd with flock of goats
SV PAN ALONG Bottle stall
SV People buying bread
CU Men eating cherries
GV People buying vegetables
GV People arriving at Juma Masjid mosque for Friday prayers and praying (6 shots)
SV ZOOM OUT FROM People walking through market
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Background: Friday is a holiday i the Afghanistan capital of Kabul - except for the marketplace which becomes a hive of activity and meeting place for people from all over the country.
SYNOPSIS: Afghanistan is a mountainous region in the heart of Asia. In winter its temperature can drop to below freezing but now it's summer and the mercury often climbs as high as 48 degrees celsius (120 degrees fahrenheit). Going to market is a leisurely business and many country people drive their flocks to the city along the rough dusty roads. After the serious business of haggling to get the best price for their animals is over it's time to look up old friends and browse among the many and varied stalls in the market.
The people are a friendly, peaceloving race. During the two world wars they remained neutral and are staunch advocates of a policy of non-alignment. Manufactured goods are in short supply so vendors selling such items as empty bottles do a brisk trade on market days. Traditional flat bread called naan is also sold and there is an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables on sale during the summer months.
Nearly half a million people live in Kabul but this swells considerably on market day as those living in the surrounding areas converge on the city for the day.
But Friday are not only for fun and bargaining and as prayer time approaches the faithful head for the city's Juma Masjid mosque. With the exception of small minorities of Hindus, Sikhs and Jews all Afghans are Muslims, 90 per cent of them of the Sunni sect.
To many in the Afghanistan may seem backward but its people are happy - perhaps an elusive quality in today's developed world.