Photos by Interscoop
de Ponfilly, born in 1951, was a French author, producer and filmmaker.
Together with Frédéric Laffont he owned the press agency Interscoop
and the production company ALBERT Films.He
produced many films over the years. The most famous among them certainly
was "Massoud l'Afghan", a documentary about Afghanistan's
national hero and freedom fighter Ahmad Shah Massoud.
of his earliest efforts also was a documentary about Massoud and the
Afghan rebellion against the Soviet Union, "Une vallée contre un
empire". The latter received the Prix international ONDAS 1983,
while "Massoud l'Afghan" amassed many notable movie awards. Among
de Ponfilly's other films are: "Les combattants de l’insolence"
(Prix Albert Londres 1985 ), "Poussières de guerre", "Kaboul
au bout du monde" and many more. He
had just finished working on a new movie "L'étoile du soldat"
which tells the story of a Russian soldier who becomes prisoner of the
forces of Commander Massoud during the Afghan-Soviet war. Travelling
throughout Afghanistan while doing research for his films, he got to
know and love the history, landscape and people of the country.
de Ponfilly was one of those who helped the Afghan resistance to be
heard in the Western part of the world. He gave the almost forgotten
warriors a voice to speak out against the injustices and crimes
committed againts their people. At present the circumstances of Mr. de
Ponfilly's death are not entirely known, but it seems that he has
is survived by four children.
Allah's blessings be upon him.
The commander Massoud and Christophe de Ponfilly
ducks were flying South
only one of them will arrive
the meaning of its fligt would mean
“The five ducks”, Francesco Guccini)