On September 28, co-directors Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli joined the International Documentary Association (IDA) to screen and discuss their upcoming documentary “Frame By Frame,” which follows the journey of four Afghan photojournalists who fight against an oppressive Taliban regime to pursue the freedom of press.
The official film synopsis reads: “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 as they navigate an emerging and dangerous media landscape – reframing Afghanistan for the world, and for themselves. Through cinema vérité, intimate interviews, powerful photojournalism, and never-before-seen archival footage shot in secret during the Taliban regime, the film connects audiences with four humans in the pursuit of the truth.”
After premiering at South by Southwest earlier this year, “Frame By Frame” is set to open in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Music Hall on November 6 and in New York City on November 20 at IFC Center. Check out the highlights from the “Frame by Frame” IDA discussion, starting with how their subjects came to terms with trauma and were eager to share their experience above.
Bombach and Scarpelli discuss how their subjects look to the future and the past.
Scarpelli explains how being foreign women afforded them a “special third gender access” in Afghanistan
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