There’s no doubt that small budget independent films are transforming entertainment and information in equal measure. In February I wrote about Buskashi Boys, which was filmed in Afghanistan a few years ago and nominated for an Oscar in 2013. The film made a huge impression on me, because it captured something of the soul of Kabul that just hadn’t quite been conveyed by the media up to this point. It’s strange to think that fiction could prove more communicative than factual reporting, but there you go!
Quite unbeknown to me another film is soon to be aired: Frame By Frame. Its a documentary movie that shows how a new generation of photojournalists have emerged from the destruction of the Taliban years, to show the country form the inside out (reframing a nation). It is easy to forget that almost all of the media footage we see of the country has been provided by outsiders, which invariably changes the motivations behind it and therefore what is captured.
Frame By Frame has already garnered numerous film awards and will be released in November (you can see various media reviews here). I’m looking forward to it and have an inkling that its an absolute ‘must see’ for anyone wanting to see Afghanistan through different eyes.