Directed by: Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli
Films on the Arts
Total Runtime: 85 min
Country of Origin: USA/Afghanistan
Official Selection: Hot Docs, South by Southwest, BFI Film Festival.
“A bracing tribute to the power of photojournalism. As artful and empathetic as its subjects’ work.”
When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, taking a photo was a crime. After the regime fell from power in 2001, however, a fledgling free press emerged. Now, Afghan reporters are revolutionizing the medium – but as foreign troops and media withdraw, these photographers find themselves and their art at risk. Filmed in a modern Afghanistan bursting with color and character, Frame by Frame follows four Afghan photojournalists as they navigate the challenges of an emerging and dangerous media landscape, reframing Afghanistan for the world and for themselves. Through cinema vérité, intimate interviews, powerful photos, and never-before-seen archival footage shot in secret during the Taliban regime, the film explores the lives of four photographers in the pursuit of the truth – whatever the cost.