The Gardeners of Kabul


The Gardeners of Kabul

Five hundred years ago, the Emperor Babur laid out beautiful gardens in Kabul. After being battered by war, his favourite one has now been lovingly restored to its former glory.


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INSECTS BUZZ

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A long time ago, in the heart of Asia,

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there lived a young emperor with a passion for nature.

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His name was Babur.

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SWORDS CLANK, HORSE NEIGHS

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MEN SHOUT

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Most of the time he was fighting enemies.

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But when the battles were over, the green-fingered emperor

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would relax in one of the many gardens he had created

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across the lands.

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The lands became Afghanistan

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and his favourite garden was in the city known as Kabul.

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MISSILE FIRES

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MAN SHOUTS COMMAND

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Afghanistan has a turbulent history.

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Just in the last four decades, it's suffered invasions,

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civil wars and indiscriminate violence.

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BIRDS CHIRP

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But 500 years later, the emperor's favourite garden still survives.

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And like Babur, many Afghans find peace and tranquillity in nature.

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Their gardens are a refuge from the dangers and stresses of the city.

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THEY SPEAK IN OWN LANGUAGE

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BIRDS CHIRP

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SIREN WAILS

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CHILDREN PLAY

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TOOLS HAMMER AND CLINK

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Salaam.

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BIRDS CHIRP

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MAN SPEAKS IN OWN LANGUAGE

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INSECT BUZZES

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Salaam.

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-BOYS:

-Salaam.

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BOTH SPEAK IN OWN LANGUAGE

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THEY LAUGH

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COCKEREL CROWS

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COCKEREL CROWS

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BIRDS CHIRP

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BIRDS CHIRP

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BIRD CRIES

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KAKA SPEAKS IN OWN LANGUAGE

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BIRDS CHIRP

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DOG BARKS

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COCKEREL CROWS

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BIRDS CHIRP

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INSECTS BUZZ

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DOG BARKS

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After a lifetime of fighting, the emperor died,

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far from his beloved Kabul,

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longing for his sanctuary of peace and serenity.

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His body was returned years later to his favourite garden

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in his favourite city, where his legacy is still alive.

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THEY SPEAK IN OWN LANGUAGE

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Five hundred years ago, the Emperor Babur laid out beautiful gardens in the city of Kabul, now the capital of Afghanistan. The lush, green spaces provided a peaceful retreat when he returned from battle. Over the centuries, the emperor's favourite garden was battered by war, but has now been lovingly restored to its former glory. In this film, we meet the gardeners keeping the emperor's legacy alive and we're invited into the private gardens of Afghans who find refuge among their plants and flowers from the stresses of a violent city.