Families of Afghanistan is a DVD that offers children
a cultural and geographical experience by examining the daily routines
of two children who live in Afghanistan.
This DVD is narrated by 13-year-old Zamora and 12-year-old Madina.
Each girl offers viewers an inside peek at their family life, education,
and religious activities. Though both girls represent life in the
same country, they also demonstrate the varying perspectives of
city and country life and the differences that exist within each
unique country and culture.
This DVD is recommended for children ages 5-11, and I think that's
an accurate target age range. My 9-year-old was most interested
in this DVD, captivated by the idea that other girls could live
in the same world with such a different life from her own. This
DVD would be best used for teaching purposes and is more educational
The DVD runs for 25 minutes and sells for $29.95. I think that
cost is very high for this product. If it were $10 or $12, I would
be much more likely to recommend it. I think it's a well-done video,
and I especially like that the kids are the narrators. This makes
it much more relatable and interesting to children viewers. However,
this DVD feels and looks like something you would see on PBS and
is not really something I would pay a high price (over $1 per minute)
I think Families of Afghanistan would appeal more to
secular homeschoolers or public schools. For Christian homeschoolers,
I think I would prefer to look for a resource that has more of
a mission's bent along with the daily life, culture, and religious
beliefs of the country. If the price were lower, I would happily
recommend this DVD to secular homeschoolers and public school teachers.