Afghanistan | USA
86 min
Dari, English
HD video, 5.1 stereo, color

When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, a media blackout was in effect. Radio waves were tightly controlled, newspapers disbanded and photographs were burned in the streets as an example. In 2001, the Taliban fell and a new band of journalists rapidly emerged in Kabul. Through four Afghan photographers, FRAME BY FRAME explores the rupture of identity by war, the residual effects of this war and media suppression on a people, and attempts to reclaim a narrative and sense of self through the photographic image.

Directed by Alexandria Bombach, Mo Scarpelli
Produced by Jeff Orlowski, Mo Scarpelli, Alexandria Bombach
Cinematography by Mo Scarpelli, Alexandria Bombach
Music by Patrick Jonsson
Sound design by Skywalker Sound

Produced by Rake Films, Red Reel, Exposure Labs, CoPilot Pictures


+ SXSW 2015
+ Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival - Top 10 Audience Favourites
+ BFI London Film Festival -  Grierson Award for Best Documentary nominee
+ screening for Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace, Kabul
+ United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Kabul
+ French Embassy in Afghanistan, Kabul
+ Independent Film Center, New York
+ Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London
+ Cinema Eye Honors Award nominee 
+ IDA Documentary Screening Series, Los Angeles
+ Bertha Dochouse, London
+ Movies That Matter Film Festival Netherlands - Audience Choice Award
+ Camden International Film Festival - Jury Award for Best Documentary
+ Seattle International Film Festival - Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision
+ Washington West Film Festival - Best Director, Best Documentary Feature
+ Something Somewhere Film Festival Australia - Audience Award for Best Documentary
+ Festival de Cine y Derechos Humanos de Barcelona - Spain - Best Documentary Film Prize
+ Ashland Independent Film Festival - Audience Award for Best Documentary
+ Nashville Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary
+ Cleveland International Film Festival - Reel Women Direct Prize
+ Dallas International Film Festival - Silver Heart Award
+ Brooklyn Film Festival - Audience Award for Best Documentary, Spirit Award
+ New Hampshire Film Festival - Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary
+ Santa Fe Independent Film Festival - Special Jury Prize for Documentary
+ MountainFilm Telluride - Student Choice Award
+ Sidewalk Film Festival - Special Jury Prize for Documentary Feature
+ Port Townsend Film Festival - Best Documentary Feature
+ Cayman Islands Film Festival - Best Feature Documentary
+ San Francisco Independent Film Festival - Best Documentary Jury Prize
+ Weyauwega International Film Festival - Best Feature Documentary Prize
+ Moab International Film Festival - Audience Choice Award
+ UN Women Film Festival San Francisco - Best Documentary Feature Prize
+ Arte Cinema, Napoli - Opening Night Film
+ Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) - Special Mention for Best Documentary Feature
+ FIFDH Geneva
+ Mujeres en el Cine y La TV Award, Mexico
+ Frontline Club, London
+ Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles
+ UMB Film Series & The DocYard, Boston
+ Heartland Film Festival 
+ New Orleans Film Festival
+ Hollywood Film Festival
+ Berkshire International Film Festival
+ Atlanta Film Festival
+ Maryland Film Festival
+ Denver Film Festival
+ Hawaii International Film Festival
+ Savannah Film Festival 
+ San Diego Film Festival
+ Bend Film Festival 
+ Smithsonian Institution Freer & Sackler with DC Foto Week 
+ Akron Art Museum
+ Lido Cinemas, Australia
+ Neuehouse, New York
+ Documentary Edge Film Festival, New Zealand
+ Macon Film Festival 
+ Persian Film Festival, Iran
+ DocUtah 
+ Atlantic Film Festival 
+ Crested Butte Film Festival 
+ Aspen Film Festival 
+ Delhi Photo Festival with the Geothe Institut, India
+ Brattleboro Film Festival
+ St Louis International Film Festival
+ Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers
+ Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival 
+ Guelph Film Festival 
+ Lone Star Film Festival 
+ Independent Photography Festival, Australia
+ Indievillage Documentary Film Festival, Australia & New Zealand
+ Mumbai International Film Festival, India
+ Telluride Photo Festival
+ Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
+ Sarasota Film Festival / Through Women's Eyes Film Festival 
+ Lo Schermo dell'arte Film Festival, Florence & Venice, Italy
+ Glasgow Film Festival
+ One World Film Festival, Czech Republic
+ Kansas City Film Festival 
+ ReFrame Peterborough International Film Festival
+ UNCW DocuTime Film Festival
+ Exposure Photography Festival, Canada
+ Sedona International Film Festival 
+ Human Screen Festival, Tunisia
+ Las Cruces Film Festival 
+ Green Bay Film Festival
+ Frozen River Film Festival 
+ Oneota Film Festival 
+ First Time Film Festival 
+ Belleville Downtown DocFest 
+ Freedom Film Festival, Malaysia
+ Master of Art Film Festival, Bulgaria
+ Jacksonville Documentary Film Festival
+ Hafen 2, Germany
+ Global Voices - USNC-UN Women Film Festival 
+ Mendocino Film Festival
+ Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival, Myanmar
+ Viewfinder to Asia Films, Macau
+ Providence Art & Design Film Festival 
+ Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival
+ MOVE IT! Film Festival, Germany
+ Human Right Film Festival, Spain
+ Human Rights Festival, Luxembourg
+ Movies That Matter, Albania
+ This Human World Film Festival, Vienna
+ SIMA Cambodia Grassroots Film Festival
+ Inspire Film Festival 
+ FIFDH / Festival du Film et Forum International sur les Droits Humains, Switzerland
+ ACT Human Rights Film Festival
+ FLOW Photofest, Scotland
+ Photopolis Photography Festival 
+ Covey Film Festival 
+ The Wilson Center for Scholars, Washington DC
+ United States Institute for Peace
+ National Press Club, Washington DC
+ Newseum, Washington DC
+ Afghan Culture Week in Berlin
+ The Hamilton Dialogues, Canada
+ Seeds of Peace, Abu Dhabi
+ The Jewish Museum, New York
+ PAWA254, Nairobi

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