Frame by Frame (educational)

    • Directed by: Alexandria Bombach & Mo Scarpelli
    • Produced by: Alexandria Bombach & Mo Scarpelli
Released: 2016 Educational release 
Running Time: 85 min 
Language:  English with English Subtitles 
Subjects: Human RightsArt Music & Design

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.

Reviews / Quotes:

"Astonishing" - Slate 

"Sensitive" - Filmmakers Magazine 

"“FRAME BY FRAME is a bracing tribute to the power of photojournalism… The filmmakers are attuned to the work-day camaraderie and competitive spirit that drive their thoughtful subjects. And like the four photojournalists, they have an eye for beauty as well as a nose for news, capturing scenes of unexpected lightness: an open-air pop concert, a paddleboat ride on a glass-smooth lake. FRAME BY FRAME is a work of profound immediacy, in sync with the photographers’ commitment and hope.”  - The Hollywood Reporter 

"An indispensable visual history… As the camera follows the quartet in their daily lives, and as they share stories from their past — the very stories that inform their gaze and shape their voice — a larger layered narrative emerges; that of a disrupted nation.” - TIME Lightbox

"“[The film] pays tribute to the power of the still photographic image and its ability to change perceptions.” - BBC Culture