April 30, 2011, 3:00pm
Afghanistan in Times of Peace: A Screening of the Film "Painted Trucks"
Presenter: Judith and Stanley Hallett
Location: Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South Street

Afghanistan has been in various states of war for centuries, and war has become a feature of material culture, as seen in the special exhibit on war-themed rugs opening at the Penn Museum on April 30. Judith and Stanley Hallett visited the country as Fulbright scholars in 1971-2, during peacetime, and made a film about the beautiful truck decorating tradition of Afghanistan (also seen in Pakistan), while riding on a truck with their crew from Kabul to Bamiyan. The viewer will also glimpse the famous Bamiyan Buddha sculptures as they looked before they were detonated by the Taliban. The filmmakers note that this film has become a cult favorite in the Afghani community which has grown nostalgic for their country in the best of times. The filmmakers will be present at the screening to answer questions about the film.

The screening is free with Museum admission (free for Museum members and full-time students with ID). The filmmakers will be present at the screening to answer questions about the film.

Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology