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Docs: “Escape from Kabul” Details Harried Fall of Afghanistan

Directed by Jamie Roberts, the new documentary Escape from Kabul puts an emotional human face on the harrowing events of its title — a humanitarian disaster that unfolded in August 2021, during the last two weeks of American military forces on the ground in the Afghanistan capital. Premiering September 21 on HBO and HBO Max, the movie assays the largest non-combatant evacuation airlift in modern history, with by some counts an estimated 124,000 panicked Afghan civilians eventually escaping, as one puts it, the impending “hell of judgment day” set to be imposed by a retributive and repressive regime returning to power two decades after having been driven out, in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
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“Thirteen Lives”: Ron Howard Recreates Real Life Cave Rescue

The claustrophobia-inducing Thirteen Lives (Amazon Prime) captures the real life challenges of rescuing 12 boys, aged from 11 to 16, and their soccer coach, who were on a fun jaunt in the inner caverns of a mountain – Doi Nang Non (the Mountain of the Sleeping Lady) – in Thailand, when a sudden monsoon hit, flooding so rapidly the outer-lying caves and their exit, that the thirteen were at risk from the rising waters and from compromised oxygen levels. Some of the children did not know how to swim.