Afghans enjoy an American movie outdoors.

Kabul, 1950s

The 1950s were the heyday of “drive-ins” in the United States, and Americans in Kabul found ways to project images onto outdoor screens for local audiences. Movies were also shown indoors, and in the 1970s a successful John Wayne film festival sponsored by the U.S. Embassy was a reminder that people from both nations greatly appreciated “Western” films.

Courtesy of the Cudney Collection.
Photograph by James A. Cudney.

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