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Documentary on Afghan Photojournalists Kicks Off College Community Forums

August 12, 2016

Category: Events, Religion & Philosophy

framebyframe.jpgThe showing of the film, "Frame By Frame," kicks off Catawba College's 2016-17 College Community Forum series on Tuesday, August 23.  The 85-minute, award-winning documentary about four Afghan photojournalists will be shown at 7:30 pm in Tom Smith Auditorium of Ralph W. Ketner Hall on campus.  This event, as are all College Community Forums, is free and open to the public.

The film tracks the risks and conflicts these photojournalists take to re-establish a media presence in Afghanistan in order to tell the story of its people, especially highlighting the plight of women there.  Created by two brave American female TV journalists, at much risk to themselves, with the help of a Kickstarter campaign, the film was produced after the Taliban destroyed much of Afghanistan's pictorial record, both family photos and images of the country, and imposed a nationwide ban on any further photographic documentation.


The Afghan translator of the film, Baktash Ahadi, will travel from Washington, D.C., to the Catawba campus to introduce the film and to help with the question-and-answer session after it is shown.

Many thanks to Salisbury's Mary Miller James, who purchased the license to bring this film to Catawba. Mary's husband has been in Afghanistan, and she worked for years trying to teach TV
reporting to fledgling journalists in former Soviet-bloc countries.

For more information about the documentary, visit