For filmmaker and multimedia journalist Mo Scarpelli, Frame by Frame is an opportunity to give a voice to those relegated to silence. Developed with filmmaker Alexandria Bombach, the character-driven feature-length documentary follows the story of four Afghan photographers to explore the country’s recent revolution in local photojournalism.
You can help complete their project on Kickstarter.
In 1996, the Taliban banned photography in Afghanistan. Since the regime was removed from Kabul in 2001, photography has become an outlet for Afghans determined to show the hidden stories of their country. “The need for local journalism in Afghanistan couldn’t be more important than it is right now,” says Scarpelli. “To build democracy and independence, to hold those in power accountable, to drive social and political change. This is going to be an incredible story of what that means.”
The film chronicles Afghan photojournalists seizing a unique opportunity to build democracy in a way that never existed before: through a free press. At the same time, they face major hurdles: threats from Taliban or other extremists, skepticism of their own people, lack of security and financial support, and for Farzana, one of the only female Afghan photographers in Kabul, gender barriers.
How to Help
Watch the video above. Donate to the campaign by August 28, 2013 to fund the production team’s return trip to Afghanistan for five weeks of filming. Don’t forget to share the project on social media so others can do the same.
More information is available on the Frame by Frame Kickstarter page.