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Frame by Frame

Alexandria Bombach / Mo Scarpelli

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Dutch premiere

Under the Taliban regime, photography was a mortal sin in Afghanistan. But ‘a land without photography is a land without identity’, according to one of the photographers in this stylized tribute to photojournalism. Four brave Afghan photojournalists literally try to establish new frameworks in a country where photography had been banned for years.

Synopsis

After the American troops drove the Taliban out of Afghanistan in 2001, a new free press slowly emerged. Frame by Frame follows four brave eminent photographers in their mission to capture the living conditions, culture and landscape in turbulent Afghanistan in captivating pictures. The result is a portrait of a country we have never seen before, shown through the eyes of Afghan photographers who caused a minor media revolution.

The photographers try to document as much as they can, but their work is fraught with danger. When one of them walks into a hospital for female patients, she is told that the consequences of her visit could be dire: the Taliban will destroy the hospital and kill the doctors. With the foreign troops and media gone, it is not getting any easier for these journalists. The big question is whether the fundamentalists that are still present in the country will seize power once again.

In spite of the constant threat, the photographers are determined to make a visual map of the country for future generations. Besides their perseverance and camaraderie, the film shows their collective eye for unexpected beauty and provides the world a new view of the tumultuous yet marvellously beautiful Afghanistan.

Credits

Afghanistan 2015, 85 min.

Documentary,

Spoken language: Dari, English

Subtitles: English

Official website: http://www.framebyframethefilm.com

Productions:

Red Reel

www.redreelvideo.com

World sales:

Frame by Frame

framebyframethefilm@gmail.com

+1 5052893863

www.framebyframethefilm.com

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When & where?

  • Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 14:30

    Theater aan het Spui Grote Zaal
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  • Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 19:30

    Zaal 5, Filmhuis Den Haag
    No more tickets available.

  • Friday, March 25, 2016 - 17:00

    Zaal 2, Filmhuis Den Haag
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Talkshows & debates

Frame by Frame: Q&A with main characters and filmmakers

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 14:30

Q&A with the two directors Mo Scarpeli and Alexandria Bombach, two of the main characters and the photographers Massoud Hossaini and Farzana Wahidy. 

Frame by Frame: Q&A with main characters and filmmakers

Friday, March 25, 2016 - 17:00

Q&A with the two directors Mo Scarpeli and Alexandria Bombach, two of the main characters and the photographers Massoud Hossaini and Farzana Wahidy, moderated by Bette Dam. 



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