When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, taking a photo was a crime. After the regime fell from power in 2001, a fledgling free press emerged and a photography revolution was born. Now, as foreign troops and media withdraw, Afghanistan is left to stand on its own and so are its journalists. Set in a modern Afghanistan bursting with color and character, FRAME BY FRAME follows four Afghan photojournalists navigating a dangerous media landscape as they reframe Afghanistan for the world, and for themselves. Through cinema vérité, powerful photojournalism, and never-before-seen footage shot in secret during the Taliban regime, the film connects an audience with four humans in the pursuit of the truth. [Synopsis courtesy SXSW]
What’s your film about in 140 characters or less?
Four Afghan photojournalists face the realities of building a free press in a country left to stand on its own – reframing Afghanistan for the world and for themselves.
Now what’s it REALLY about?
It’s about the importance of our perceptions, identity, and the weight that you bear when you set out to capture the truth. It’s about the power of photography, and what it means to tell the story of your own people after decades of war.
Tell us briefly about yourself.
We’re both filmmakers who believe in character-driven films. We’re used to being one-woman-bands so coming together for this film like this made sense – we had to be on our toes, filming separately or together.
Biggest challenge in completing this film?
What do you want the SXSW audience to take away from your film?
Any films inspire you?
Getting “Frame by Frame” out to the world!
What cameras did you shoot on?
We used great glass with mostly the Canon Mark III, and then filmed a bit with the C300. We like a small nimble workhorse camera that keeps things unintimidating and allows us to have a small crew.
Did you crowdfund?
If so, via what platform. If not, why?
We had an amazing campaign on Kickstarter that blew us away.
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