Date: Monday, November 30, 2015
Location: Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA
Details: 2015, USA, 84 min
Directors: Alexandria Bombach, Mo Scarpelli
Special Co-presentation with the UMass Boston Film Series
DocYard Season Passes Accepted!
Best Documentary Feature at the 2015 Camden International Film Festival, Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Nashville Film Festival, Documentary Feature Spirit Award at the 2015 Brooklyn Film Festival, Spotlight Award Nominee at the 2016 Cinema Eye Honors
Filmmakers Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli will attend in person for Q&A.
Synopsis: After decades of war and an oppressive Taliban regime, 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.
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.
“FRAME BY FRAME is a work of profound immediacy, in sync with the photographers’ commitment and hope.” – The Hollywood Reporter
The DocYard will present a short documentary from the award-winning PBS series, FRONTLINE, prior to this feature screening. FRONTLINE has served as American public television’s flagship public affairs series since 1983. Described by The Atlantic as “the best news program on television,” the series has built a reputation for powerful investigative storytelling that tackles the tough, controversial and complex stories that shape our times. More than 180 FRONTLINE documentaries are streaming in full, for free, online.
Tonight’s featured short film is LOVE & CANCER AT 27.
Description: Allen Chou was just 27 when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. His girlfriend, Linda Sim, was 25. When his diagnosis got worse, they hoped for a miracle… and made a plan.
Produced by MICHELLE MIZNER, CARLA BORRAS
Filmed and Edited by MICHELLE MIZNER
Sound LU OLKOWSKI