Jason Motlagh

Jason Motlagh

Jason Motlagh is a freelance writer, a photographer, a news documentary producer, and co-founder of Blackbeard Films.

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My Crazy Kurdistan Road Trip

The Kurdish region of Iraq is home to spectacular peaks, wild rivers, and fiercely hospitable people, and it could be the Middle East’s next big adventure tourism destination. But there’s one small catch: it’s still dangerous as hell.

Jason Motlagh
Jan 28, 2019

It’s Like the NFL. But with Horses and a Headless Calf.

In buzkashi, Afghanistan’s violent and ancient national pastime, riders battle for control of an animal corpse that they carry toward a goal. Sixteen years after the U.S.-led invasion that ousted the Taliban, the sport is dominated by rival warlords who will do anything to maintain power in a turbulent country that once again is up for grabs.

Jason Motlagh
Nov 1, 2017

A Terrifying Journey Through the World's Most Dangerous Jungle

The Darién Gap is a lawless wilderness on the border of Colombia and Panama, teeming with everything from deadly snakes to antigovernment guerrillas. The region also sees a flow of migrants from Cuba, Africa, and Asia, whose desperation sends them on perilous journeys to the U.S. Jason Motlagh plunged in, risking robbery, kidnapping, and death to document one of the world’s most harrowing treks.

Jason Motlagh
Jul 19, 2016