The documentary follows four Afghan photojournalists left to stand on their own after the fall of the Taliban in 2001 when a free press emerges and a photography revolution is born. As the official synopsis continues: “‘Frame By Frame’ uses cinema vérité, powerful photojournalism and never-before-seen footage shot in secret during the Taliban regime to connect audiences to its four remarkable characters who use their cameras in pursuit of truth – whether that is revealing the human stories in their neighborhoods or exposing the sociopolitical intricacies that Afghanistan grapples with today. “
Watch: Photojournalists Overcome Restrictions of the Taliban in Exclusive ‘Frame by Frame’ SXSW Clip
Watch: Photojournalists Overcome Restrictions of the Taliban in Exclusive 'Frame by Frame' SXSW Clip
For some Muslims, having one’s photo taken is an unlawful act, going against their religion. But with the fall of the Taliban in 2001, photojournalists were allowed more freedoms, such as in this exclusive clip from SXSW-bound “Frame By Frame.”
“Afghanistan is a complex and beautiful country, enriched by the nuanced lives of its people,” said Bombach and Scarpelli in a director’s statement. “Yet, it has a reputation as a perpetually war torn region, wrought with suicide bombs, political corruption, and Islamic fundamentalism. We traveled to Afghanistan in search of a story about perception — how and why do we form our perceptions of a country at war? And how does this intersect what is actually happening on the ground?”
“Frame By Frame” will make its world premiere in documentary competition at SXSW on March 14.