College of Arts and Media to screen post-Taliban Afghanistan documentary

FramebyFrame_PressPool_09-18-15The College of Arts and Media will be one of 20 universities giving a public exhibition of “Frame by Frame,” a documentary film portraying four Afghan photojournalists in post-Taliban Afghanistan.

The film, which depicts the benefits of the newly protected free press in the landlocked country, will be shown at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, in Smith Hall Room 154.

Photography was banned during the Taliban’s rule of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. In the film, 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning Afghan photographer Massoud Hossaini describes the value of photography to freedom of speech.

“I think when the (U.S.) troops leave, we will have a lot of problems. We won’t have this freedom of speech that we have now,” Hossaini said. “This is a big possibility that the world will forget us again. That will be the future of journalism in Afghanistan.”

Lauren Cuervo, campaign manager for the consulting and distribution firm for the film, said “Frame by Frame” has received rave reviews from critics, policymakers and educators alike. She contacted School of Journalism and Mass Communications Professor Rebecca Johnson to promote the screening at Marshall.

“In conjunction with the film’s limited theatrical release, these campus screenings will be a way to jump-start interdisciplinary conversation about the shifting role of the U.S. in Afghanistan, the power of photojournalism to chart that evolving relationship, and the intersection of politics and private life in the experiences of Afghans,” Cuervo said.

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Photo: A still from the documentary “Frame by Frame” shows a press pool in Afghanistan.