Brewing Tea in a Kettle of War (BTKW), is a short made by CSFilm Director, Michael Sheridan. It looks from Afghan villagers’ perspectives at the impact of outsiders coming into their communities trying to help them. Specifically, audiences experience what it is like when foreign soldiers, contractors and the Afghan government arrive with aid. Through these stories the benefits of bottom up versus the costs of top down development approaches and the impact of local versus foreign ownership are revealed. These parallel stories allow the international community a unique insight into the sustainability of these different approaches as we consider intervention in other countries around the world.
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Check out this curriculum based on the Brewing Tea in a Kettle of War trailer!
Primary Source, an organization that connects educators with history and humanities resources from around the world, has developed an educational curriculum using Brewing Tea in a Kettle of War. BTKW’s trailer is used as a springboard to analyze post-conflict reconstruction in Afghanistan, drawing comparisons between the top-down approach of the Provincial Reconstruction Team and the bottom-up approach of the National Solidarity Program. Click here to see more.