A screening of the documentary film, “Frame By Frame”, will be shown at Marshall University, this Friday at 3:00 p.m. The film covers four Afghan photojournalists in post-Taliban Afghanistan after they received protected free press rights in 2001.
“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,” according to the film’s website.
The documentary covers the photojournalists after they have had their press rights for 10 years. The four photojournalists in the film are Farzana Wahidy, Massoud Hossaini, Najibulah Musafer and Wakil Kohsar.
“There is a big possibility that the world will forget us again,” Hossaini said. Hossaini said he’s worried that once forces leave the area there will be issues for journalists.
Hossaini’s photograph of a young girl screaming around injured people and dead bodies after a suicide bombing won him Pulitzer Prize in 2012. The photograph emphasizes the severity of society in post-Taliban Afghanistan.
Directors, Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli, worked together to show the beautiful Afghanistan they saw through the eyes of the photojournalists.
Campaign Manager for the Consulting and Distribution firm for the film, Lauren Cuervo, contacted Marshall University Professor, Rebecca Johnson, to encourage the screening of the film on campus.
Johnson said she received an email promoting the film and was “more than willing” to pass the email along to the Dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Janet Dooley and Dean of the College of Arts and Media, Donald Van Horn. After the Dean’s overviews, they approved the screening of the film.
The film has received reviews from many media outlets. The Hollywood Reporter said “Frame By Frame is a work of profound immediacy, in sync with the photographers’ commitment and hope.”
The film will be shown at Marshall University in Smith Hall, Room 154. It is expected to end at 4:40 p.m.
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