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CSFilm at Northeastern University B.I.G. Venture Fair Nov. 13

Ali and RakanOn Nov. 13 CSFilm attended Northeastern University’s B.I.G. Venture Fair, a pilot program sponsored by Northeastern’s Career Services and the Center for Research Innovation for the university’s Global Entrepreneurship Week. CSFilm joined other start-up and growth oriented companies, both for and non-profit, at the B.I.G. (Business, Innovation, Growth) Fair to talk to members of the Northeastern community and to discuss opportunities for potential internships and co-op positions for the spring and summer semesters.

It was a great event for CSFilm, where we met people not only interested in working with us, but who were genuinely interested in our mission and spreading social change through documentary filmmaking.

 

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“Fruit of Our Labor” Screening in Spencertown, New York — Nov. 17th

Community Supported Film is proud to announce a screening of The Fruit of Our Labor at St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church in Spencertown, New York!
St. Peter's Presbyterian Church and Chatham Synagogue

Date and Time:
November 17, 7:30 – 9:30 PM.

Location:
St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church
5219 County Route 7
at the junction with NYS Route 203

The event is sponsored by St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church and the Chatham Synagogue as the last segment of their 5-part film series, “Tales that Matter: An Interfaith Social Justice Film Series” that began this past August. The series presents films that focus on social change, but also promotes interfaith cooperation within a community.

A selection of films from the Fruit of Our Labor series will be screened in addition to a discussion about the series. There will also be a presentation on the continued mission of CSFilm to strengthen the documentary storytelling capacity in countries in crisis with a focus on socio-economic development issues.

The Fruit of Our Labor is a documentary series made by Afghan filmmakers that chronicle 10 different stories of a day in the life in Afghanistan. The series  showcases Afghans working to address the socio-economic challenges they face every day. The issues presented in the films are rarely seen in mainstream media despite the intense coverage of the country and its people for the past decade.

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“Death to the Camera” screens at the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur Film Festival – November 6th-11th

Death to the CameraCommunity Supported Film is proud to announce the official selection of “Death to the Camera” for the 16th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winthertur Short Film Festival in Switzerland – from November 6th-11th!

Death to the Camera,  part of CSFilm’s documentary collection The Fruit of Our Labor, is a film by Sayed Qasem Hossaini about a group of Afghan women working on a job site.  The camera follows their conversations as they move from belly laughs to insults, discussing how they will make ends meet throughout the winter, wondering what happened to all the promised international aid, and arguing about whether Karzai is a crook or a servant of the people.

The short film festival of Switzerland - Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur

The Internationale Kurzfilmtage  – International Short Film Festival – is the largest short film festival in Winterthur, Switzerland, and is dedicated to the art of and the sustainable promotion of short films. Tickets are now available!

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NEW and Reedited! – Watch CSFilm and WAND’s Webinar “The Real Afghanistan” to see how you can get involved!

On Monday, May 14, in partnership with Women’s Action for New Directions, CSFilm proudly presented…

“Real Women. Real Stories. The Real Afghanistan.”

QT Export – Wand Webinar Final 1080p from Michael Sheridan on Vimeo.

This 45 minute webinar – a live digital presentation watchable on a home computer – featured CSFilm Director Michael Sheridan and WAND‘s Public Policy Director Kathy Robinson, to discuss the importance of hearing local Afghan perspectives and including women’s participation for a peaceful path forward in Afghanistan.  With excerpts from the Afghan-made documentary shorts The Fruit of Our Labor, the presenters explain the work of CSFilm, the Compassion Campaign for Afghan Civilians, and give ways for you to get involved.

Participants see how the stories in these films connect to CSFilm’s and WAND’s policy goals for a comprehensive U.S. peace-building transition strategy in Afghanistan, based on enhancing security through demilitarization and the promotion of women’s rights.

The films are a part of The Fruit of Our Labor: Afghan Perspectives in Film, a collection of ten Afghan–made documentary shorts that brings to life Afghans’ efforts to address their challenging social and economic conditions.

For more information about this work or to get involved, please email info[at]csfilm[dot]org.

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Afghan-made film screening – Northampton MA, this friday 9/2

 

 

Date: Friday September 21st

Time: 7pm-9pm

Location: Media Education Foundation, Frances Crowe Screening Room, 60 Masonic Street, Northampton MA

Description of the event: Screening of The Fruit of Our Labor, a collection of documentary shorts made by Afghan filmmakers.  The films bring to life Afghans’ daily efforts to address their challenging social and economic conditions, offering a personal and first-hand Afghan point of view rarely seen or heard in the US – even after 10 years of intense media coverage.

The screening will be accompanied by a presentation by Community Supported Film, an organization that builds documentary storytelling capacity in countries in crisis with a focus on social and economic development issues.  CSFilm seeks to raise the concerns of Afghans as we deliberate our immediate and long-term role in Afghanistan.

Date: Friday September 21st

Time: 7pm-9pm

Location: Media Education Foundation, Frances Crowe Screening Room, 60 Masonic Street, Northampton MA

Description of the event:

 

Screening of The Fruit of Our Labor, a collection of documentary shorts made by Afghan filmmakers.  The films bring to life Afghans’ daily efforts to address their challenging social and economic conditions, offering a personal and first-hand Afghan point of view rarely seen or heard in the US – even after 10 years of intense media coverage.

The screening will be accompanied by a presentation by Community Supported Film, an organization that builds documentary storytelling capacity in countries in crisis with a focus on social and economic development issues.  CSFilm seeks to raise the concerns of Afghans as we deliberate our immediate and long-term role in Afghanistan.

More information: http://csfilm.org/films/fruit-of-our-labor/

The screening is a part of the Friday night film series organized by the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars.

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Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival

Mona Haidari’s Bearing the Weight will be screened at the upcoming Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival!

Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival

Bearing the Weight from CSFilm’s collection The Fruit of Our Labor will be screened at the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival in Flagstaff, Arizona from October 10th – 14th!

Bearing the Weight is a film by Mona Haidari about an Afghan woman disabled from the war who learns to overcome the ‘paralysis of her soul’.

The 2012 festival will take place Oct 10th-14th at the historic Orpheum Theater.

The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival’s mission is to provide a cultural alternative to the mainstream commercial film experience and to celebrate, promote, nurture and teach non-fiction filmmaking. The festival seeks to provide a window to the world and screen movies that inspire change.

 

 


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The Fruit of our Labor to be Screened on WORLDDOCS

The Fruit of our Labor is scheduled to be screened on WORLDDOCS cable access show in the Washington, D.C. area!

The Fruit of Our Labor

The Fruit of our Labor will be shown over two episodes of WORLDDOCS.  The first episode focusing on Afghan women will air on:

  • Monday: August 13th at 10:00 AM
  • Thursday: August 16th at 1:00 AM
  • Sunday: August 19th at 8:30 PM

The second episode which will concentrate on Afghan men will air on:

  • Monday: September 10th at 10:00 AM
  • Thursday: September 13th at 1:00 AM
  • Sunday: September 16th at 8:30 PM

WORLDDOCS is a public access TV show produced by Ken Meyercord which features documentaries from around the world that you won’t see broadcast on corporate TV. The show goes out over 3 public access stations to 2 million cable viewers in the Washington, D.C. area.

WORLDDOCS airs on Fairfax Public Access: (cable channel 10) in Fairfax, Loudoun, Stafford, Prince William, and Spotsylvania counties in Virginia, on Mondays at 10:00 AM; Thursdays at 1:00 AM, and Sundays at 8:30 PM; on Montgomery Community Television (cable channel 19) in Montgomery County, Maryland at 9:00 PM on Tuesdays and 11:00 PM on Thursdays (live-streamed on www.accessmontgomery.tv); and at various times on DCTV (Comcast channel 95, RCN/Verizon channel 10) in Washington, D.C (live-streamed on www.dctv.org).

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CSFilm to screen and present with Windows and Mirrors in Providence, RI – Thursday July 26th

Community Supported FilmThe Fruit of Our Labor will present The Fruit of Our Labor: Afghan Perspectives in Film in conjunction with American Friends Service Committee’s Windows and Mirrors mural exhibit on Thursday July 26th.

Location and Time:

University of Rhode Island – Paff Auditorium, 80 Washington Street, Providence, RI – 7pm

Windows and Mirrors mural: AFSC Guilford College Community-Mother and Son

The Fruit of Our Labor is a collection of 10 documentary shorts made by Afghans during a training conducted by Community Supported Film in Kabul, Afghanistan.  The films provide an opportunity to learn about Afghanistan directly from local women and men, as each story focuses on Afghans doing work in their communities – illuminating challenges and what ordinary Afghans are doing to make positive change.  Topics covered in the films include access to water and maternal health care, under-employment, the effects of heroine addiction on Afghan families, dealing with disabilities, and setting up schools for girls and boys.

Audiences often say watching the films are the first time they’ve heard and seen Afghans beyond the mainstream media’s coverage of the war.  The films have been well-received at numerous film festivals, and have been seen around the country at dozens of community screenings.  The presentation will also provide opportunities for audiences to get more involved in CSFilm’s Compassion Campaign for Afghan Civilians.

The Windows and Mirrors mural exhibit on Afghanistan is open to the public from July 9th to August 25th in the same building, the University of Rhode Island – Feinstein, 80 Washington Street, Providence RI.

Windows and Mirrors

Gallery Hours for the exhibit are Monday – Thursday 9am-9pm; Friday and Saturday 9am-4pm

Sponsored by American Friends Service Committee and URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery

Thank you to:

Event coordinator Martha Yager, AFSC Staff

Steven Pennell, Coordinator, Arts and Culture Program, URI Providence Campus

www.uri.edu/prov/arts; 401-277-5206; uri.artsandculture@gmail.com

 

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CSFilm to present at Friends General Conference in Kingston, RI – July 4th, 2012

Friends General ConferenceCommunity Supported Film’s Michael Sheridan and Tony Heriza of American Friends Service Committee will present an interest group presentation and screening on July 4th, at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston.  The speakers will present the The Fruit of Our Labor: Afghan Perspectives in Film and AFSC’s Windows and Mirrors, a traveling art exhibit that The Fruit of Our Labor is a part of.

The screening and presentation is at 7pm in Swan Auditorium, and is open to conference attendees.

The Friends General Conference is an association of regional Quaker organizations that holds a conference every other year for Quakers and people interested in the Quaker way.

The work of FGC can be summarized into three areas of endeavor:

  • Help meetings deepen Quaker worship and practice
  • Support a loving Quaker community
  • Support Quaker outreach FGC is a volunteer led organization.

 

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Progress for Afghan Women, WAND Webinar with David Cortright

As the deadline for bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan approaches, it is more important than ever to consider the wants, needs, safety and security of Afghan women. WAND is proud to present a new webinar:

“Progress for Afghan Women”

Featuring David Cortright, co-author of the report “Afghan Women Speak,” the program will include the most recent findings on the gains made by Afghan women since 2001. Despite ongoing political insecurity and oppression, the past decade has seen important advances in women’s education, health care, and life expectancy due to social development programs. Deteriorating security and political instability now threaten this progress. Cortright will share how women’s gains can be preserved and strengthened in the years ahead.

DATE ~ Wednesday, June 27, 2012
TIME ~ 12:00PM EDT
COST ~ Free!

Register for the webinar here!

Based on interviews with dozens of Afghan women parliamentarians, civil society activists, and researchers, “Afghan Women Speak” includes the latest research from Afghan ministries and the most comprehensive national health survey ever conducted in Afghanistan.

David Cortright is Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, a WAND partner. He is the author or editor of 17 books, most recently “Ending Obama’s War.” He blogs at www.davidcortright.net.

We hope you will join us for this informative program.

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“Media-Fueled Impact” – 7/8, Michael Sheridan presents at Making Media Now Conference

Thriving in a Changing Media Landscape, Making Media Now Conference
Boston, MA: Michael Sheridan is speaking at Making Media Now, a film industry conference hosted by Filmmakers Collaborative. Come hear the panel discussion about Media-Fueled Impact – and more!Click here for further details about the all day conference.

TOMORROW, June 8, 2012, 11:30-12:30, (full conference 9am-6pm)

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Tower Building
621 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Panel: “Media-Fueled Impact”

Media has always had the potential to influence and transform society, and today’s multiplexed media world offers more opportunities than ever before to catalyze social action. Come join some of the country’s top media makers and thinkers as they share their methods for engaging audiences to action.

Moderator: Anne Zeiser, Panelists: Johanna Blakley, Beth Murphy, Michael Sheridan

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Presentation and Screening Falmouth, MA – Tuesday, June 12

Afghan Perspectives in Film
Falmouth, MA: Join CSFilm director Michael Sheridan for a screening and presentation of The Fruit of Our Labor and a Q&A about the films, issues and CSFilm’s Compassion Campaign for Afghan Civilians.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 7-9 PM
Falmouth Public Library
Hermann Foundation Meeting Room
300 Main Street
Falmouth, MA 02540

Presented by the Friends of the Falmouth Public Library (FFPL). Special thanks to Lou Turner for initiating and coordinating this event.  Please contact Jane Hewitt, President of FFPL, with any questions, 508-540-5645.

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CSFilm presents at NATO Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice – Chicago, May 18th and 19th

NATO Counter Summit: Arts Panel

CSFilm will present at two events in Chicago at the  NATO Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice.

Friday, May 18th at 7pm
The Molly Cafe, inside The People’s Church
People’s Church: 941 W LawrenceChicago, Illinois

Community Supported Film will present The Fruit of Our Labor and the newly released Compassion Campaign for Afghan Civilians, along with American Friends Service Committee’s screening and discussion of If I Had a Trillion Dollars.  Read more here.

Windows and Mirrors
Saturday, May 19th: 11am – 12:45pm
People’s Church: 941 W LawrenceChicago, Illinois

CSFilm Program Coordinator Ali Pinschmidt, Afghan Program Coordinator Jamal Aram – joining by live Video Conference – and one other Afghan development specialist (TBA),  will join the American Friends Service Committee and their panelists of mural artists to illustrate the importance of including Afghan Civil Society perspectives in conversations about the short- and long-term future of Afghanistan.  Featuring Afghan-made films from the collection The Fruit of Our Labor and murals and drawings from the Windows and Mirrors exhibit about the Afghan war, this workshop will use the power of the arts to create a bridge between the people of our countries.  CSFilm will also discuss its recently released Compassion Campaign for Afghan Civilians.

 

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Congressional Briefing – Launch of Compassion Campaign for Afghan Civilians

Community Supported Film, in partnership with American Friends Service Committee and 3P Human Security, presented a briefing to Members of Congress that included a live video conference with Afghan NGO directors and CSFilm trainees/filmmakers, statements by Members of Congress, a screening of a selection of the Afghan–made documentary shorts from the The Fruit of Our Labor, and a panel discussion.

“The tendency in Washington is to think we know everything and we know what is best for everybody and the reality is we don’t. We don’t listen all the time. It is important to hear the perspectives of the people who are living there.”
– U.S. Representative James McGovern.

Watch these clips to hear from Afghans, Members of Congress and regional experts about the way forward in Afghanistan:

Video 1: The Afghan Experience, 3 min

Zahra Sadat grew up in Iran as a refugee – just like 1 million other Afghans who had to flee the civil war. After returning to Afghanistan post-Taliban she found her identity as an Afghan and her passion as a journalist and a leader in cultural development.

“After the fall of the Taliban I returned to Afghanistan and found my identity – which I couldn’t do as a refugee in Iran.” 
– Zahra Sadat

Jamal Aram, Program Coordinator for CSFilm and assistant trainer and translator, discusses his life under three different regimes – from enduring the threat of rocket attacks as a young student, to the relative safety but oppression under the Taliban, to the dawn of new opportunities with the fall of the Taliban.

I’ve experienced three different regimes.  I went to school during the civil war.  Most of the time classes were dismissed because of all the rockets fired all over the city. … When the international community moved into afghanistan new windows of opportunity opened for Afghans and especially for young Afghans from my generation.
– Jamal Aram, filmmaker and Coordinator for Community Supported Film

Video 2: Statement by Congressman James McGovern, 1 min

Representative James McGovern (D-MA) shares his gratitude for the opportunity to hear directly from Afghans and emphasizes that “those of us who want to see an end to war are not saying let’s abandon the people of Afghanistan.”

“Afghans that I work and engage with are asking for a responsible and sustained engagement by the international community.  Afghans fear that the international community will abandon them to another blood bath and humanitarian crisis.”
– Michael Sheridan, Founder and Director of Community Supported Film

Video 3: The Third Way, 1 min


Lisa Schirch, director of 3P Human Security, recommends “the third way” in Afghanistan, one that focuses on population protection instead of combat and includes civil society in all peace negotiations.

“There is another path that we are not looking at, that does not abandon Afghanstan and does not think that waging war is the only way.”
– Lisa Schirch, Director, 3P Human Security

Video 4: Recommendations for the way forward, 3 min

Zahra Sadat suggests that American troops shift from a war against insurgents to maintaining stability and involving everyone in peace negotiations. Jamal Aram agrees that more attention needs to be paid to peace talks that include the Afghan government, the international community, the Taliban, and neighboring countries. Lisa Schirch substantiates that many Afghans desire a protection force – one that is smaller, international, and more legitimate in the Muslim world. Peter Lems agrees that dialogue between all parties is necessary and must include Afghan Civil Society.

“More attention should be given to peace talks.  The Afghan government should take the initiative, backed by the international community, to negotiate with the opposition and with the neighboring countries.”
– Jamal Aram, filmmaker and Coordinator for Community Supported Film

Video 5: What we can do, 2:30 min

Lisa Schirch calls for Congressional hearings and oversight of the mission in Afghanistan, which is being articulated and implemented differently by the White House, Congress, the departments of State and Defense and the CIA. Peter Lems emphasizes that the military budget should be reduced to take away the incentive to use military force as the first response rather than as a last resort.

Video 6: CSFilm’s Compassion Campaign, 1:30 min

An articulation by Michael Sheridan of the “Compassion Campaign for Afghan Civilians.” Beyond the important conversation about getting troops out and bringing money home, Sheridan urges the audience to prioritize strategies that will prevent renewed civil war and a humanitarian crisis.

“In our eagerness to correct the mistakes of the last 10 years, we should not call for action that we will regret 10 years from now because it left Afghans vulnerable to extremists, renewed civil war and a humanitarian disaster.”
– Michael Sheridan, Founder and Director of Community Supported Film

Panel Participants

Jamal Aram, Filmmaker and Program Coordinator, Community Supported Film. Mr. Aram was born in Kabul and went to elementary and high school during the civil war and Taliban regime. During his career he has worked as a research assistant and translator at Afghan Public Policy Research Organization, with the Agha Khan Foundation and other development and microfinance institutions.

 

Peter LemsPeter Lems,Program Director for Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iran at the American Friends Service Committee, designs, coordinates, and implements educational and advocacy campaigns around U.S. foreign policy.

 

 

Zahra Sadat, Director, Hands of Health, from The Fruit of Our Labor collectionMs. Sadat was a refugee in Iran during the civil war and Taliban regime. Since returning to Afghanistan she has worked as a freelance journalist and founded the Opening Society Organization that works on cultural development.

 

 Lisa Schirch, Director of 3P Human Security – a partnership of organizations connecting policymakers with global civil society networks – facilitates civil-military dialogue and provides a peacebuilding lens on current policy issues. Ms. Schirch’s recent study, Designing a Comprehensive Peace Process for Afghanistan provides evidence of the importance of including Afghan Civil Society in building a stable and peaceful Afghanistan.

Michael Sheridan, Director and Founder of Community Supported Film – has worked in Afghanistan over the last 3 years to train and mentor Afghans in documentary filmmaking. The focus of the stories and the collection of short films produced, The Fruit of Our Labor, is on local economic and social development issues.

 

 

 

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Live Webinar: Real Stories from Afghanistan, and how YOU can make Real Change – May 14th, 3pm EST

Women’s Action for New Directions, in partnership with Community Supported Film, is proud to present…Scene from "Bearing the Weight" Film

“Real women. Real stories. The real Afghanistan.”

Please join us for this live interactive webinar in which participants use their personal computer to hear a short presentation on Afghanistan, watch excerpts of Afghan-made documentary shorts, and learn easy ways to take action for a peaceful Afghanistan.  The webinar will feature video excerpts about women’s issues from the Afghan-made collection, The Fruit of Our Labor.

Participants will see how the stories in these films connect to policy goals for a comprehensive U.S. peace-building strategy in Afghanistan, based on shifting from combat to population protection, the promotion of women’s rights, and a long-term investment in development.

Webinar - Real Stories from Afghanistan

 

DATE – Monday, May 14, 2012
TIME – 3pm – 4pm EST
COST – Free!

 

Register now for your chance to learn about Afghanistan from Afghan-made films, and see how you can use these tools to pressure Congress to bring the war to an end responsibly – for Afghans as well as for Americans.

The films are a part of “The Fruit of Our Labor: Afghan Perspectives in Film,” a collection of ten Afghan-made documentary shorts that brings to life Afghans’ efforts to address their challenging social and economic conditions.  As described by NPR’s Robin Young, these films provide “an unprecedented intimate look at Afghan life with exchanges no outsider has been privy to before.”

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In a time when the majority of the American public is in favor of bringing American troops home from Afghanistan, this webinar will discuss the importance of prioritizing the safety of Afghans, as well as their local development initiatives, perspectives and concerns.  CSFilm founder and director Michael Sheridan will discuss his experiences working in Afghanistan over the last 3 years, and will screen excerpts from documentary shorts made by 10 Afghans as a result of CSFilm’s intensive training in documentary filmmaking.  The films offer unique Afghan perspectives on local challenges and solutions, with a particular focus on women’s lives and initiatives.

Webinar participants will learn how to use these Afghan-made films to pressure Congress to bring the war to an end responsibly, by incorporating economic, political, and peacekeeping objectives into legislation in order to help prevent a humanitarian crisis.

Community Supported Film is proud to be partnering with WAND – Women’s Action for New Directions – for this webinar and other forthcoming collaborations.  WAND has been working towards building a comprehensive transition to peace-building in Afghanistan, supporting a strategy that enhances security through demilitarization and promotes women’s rights through inclusive peace processes and development initiatives.

This program is a part of CSFilm’s Compassion Campaign for Afghan Civilians.

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CSFilm to screen and present at Consequence Magazine issue launch event – Friday, May 4

Consequences MagazineCONSEQUENCE Magazine, an international literary journal addressing the culture and consequences of war, will feature CSFilm Director Michael Sheridan for a screening and presentation of The Fruit of Our Labor films for the launch of their next issue – Friday May 4, in Cambridge.

Friday May 4, 2012 – 7 PM
Harvard-Epworth Church
1555 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA

As the international community reflects on the impact of more than ten years of war in Afghanistan, Community Supported Film provides an opportunity to also reflect on the situation from an Afghan perspective through Afghan-made documentaries, The Fruit of Our Labor.  Each short documentary offers a personal and firsthand Afghan point of view rarely seen or heard in the US, even after a decade of intense media coverage.  These films bring to life Afghans’ daily efforts to address their challenging social and economic conditions—providing an insider’s perspective beyond the battlefront coverage that dominates western media.  Locals trained by Community Supported Film in documentary filmmaking tell stories from their perspective that can influence local and international views on sustainable paths to a more peaceful and equitable world.

Issue 4 of CONSEQUENCE features fiction by Bob Shacochis, Jenna Wallace, and V. Jo Hsu; poetry by Peter Dale Scott, Afaa Weaver, and Fred Marchant; non-fiction by Laura Harrington, Adriana Paramo, and Nikola Tutek; translations by Mario Susko, Martha Cooley, Antonio Romani, Aria Fani, and Adeeba Talukder; and reviews by Eve Sorum and Michael Shenkman.

CONSEQUENCE Magazine is an international literary journal addressing the culture and consequences of war.  The magazine annually publishes short fiction, poetry, non-fiction, interviews, visual art and reviews.  CONSEQUENCE is an independent, non-profit  magazine, and a 501(c)(3) organization.  Submit, subscribe and donate to the magazine here.

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Official Selection at Hot Docs International Documentary Festival 2012

Sayed Quasem Husseini’s short film Death to the Camera from The Fruit of Our Labor collection was selected to be screened at the 2012 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival!

Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary film festival and conference, featuring over 150 films from around the world.

In Death to the Camera a camera moves among women working on a job site.  As they joke and fight with each other, the mood repeatedly shifts between belly laughs and rage.  While they wait for their pay, they consider how to cover their basic expenses, what happens to international aid and whether Karzai is a crook or a servant of the people.  Is the camera revealing anything truthful, or simply inciting these women to present what they think ‘the other’ wants to hear?

Direction and Camera: Qasem Husseini
Editing: Hamed Alizadeh
Sound: Mona Haidari

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This Saturday 3-24, TFOL Screening at Rubia’s 10th Anniversary Celebration


Event: 1-4:00pm, Film Screening: 1-2:30pm
Red River Theatre, 11 S. Main St, Concord, NH
Community Supported Film is thrilled to be celebrating Rubia’s 10th Aniversary with the inclusion of a screening of The Fruit of Our Labor. Rubia’s mission is to develop economic opportunities in Afghanistan through craft heritage, to support education and to promote health and well being for Afghan women and their families.
Buy/donate: $15 dollar ticket and More Info

Please forward this information to your community of family, friends, and colleagues. Follow CSFilm on Facebook.

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Congressional Briefing presented by CSFilm, AFSC, 3P Human Security and CIVIC, 2/29

Join Rep. James McGovern and Rep. John Garamendi for

Afghan Civil Society Perspectives

* Afghan-made Documentary Short films *

* Live Video Conference with Afghans *

* Expert Testimony and Roundtable Discussion *

* Catered Event * 

Wednesday February 29, 2012 Ÿ 2pm – 4 pm
B-338 Rayburn – House Office Building

Please join us at 2pm next Wednesday for an open Congressional Briefing about Afghan Civil Society perspectives on future stability and humanitarian concerns in Afghanistan.  The event will feature a live video conference with Afghan NGO directors and filmmakers, a screening of a selection of the Afghan–made documentary shorts The Fruit of Our Labor, and a roundtable discussion with Community Supported Film, 3P Human Security, and the American Friends Service Committee.  The briefing coincides with the DC opening of AFSC’s Windows and Mirrors Afghan mural exhibit organized with religious members from the Faith Roundtable on Afghanistan.

The Fruit of Our Labor films allow viewers to witness reality through Afghan eyes, offering a deeper understanding of Afghanistan that is crucial for mapping a peaceful and stable path forward and avoiding another humanitarian crisis as US and NATO troops withdraw.  The films are a collection of documentary shorts made by Afghans in a training provided by Community Supported Film in Kabul.  The films convey the realities and challenges of daily life in Afghanistan and also highlight Afghan-led development initiatives.  The Fruit of Our Labor identifies critical areas that need sustained technical and financial support from US and international organizations – such as maternal healthcare, and access to clean water, education, and employment.

Presenter Lisa Schirch will discuss her study “Designing a Comprehensive Peace Process for Afghanistan,” which provides evidence of the importance of including Afghan Civil Society in building a stable and peaceful Afghanistan.

Zarah Sadat, filmmaker and Founder and Director of Open Society Organization in Afghanistan; Jamal Aram, filmmaker and Program Coordinator of Community Supported Film, Afghanistan; Michael Sheridan, Director and Founder of Community Supported Film; Peter Lems, Program Director for Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran at AFSC; Lisa Schirch, Director of 3P Human Security

• 2-2:20 pm – Introduction and screening of selections from the Afghan-made documentary shorts The Fruit of Our Labor

2:20 -3:20 pm – Live Video Conversation and Q&A with Afghan and US participants:

• 3:20-4:00 pm – Screening of additional selections from The Fruit of Our Labor

For more information please contact Community Supported Film at info[at]csfilm[dot]org or 617-834-7206.

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Jamaica Plain Forum hosts CSFilm for Screening and Talk – 3/2

The Jamaica Plain Forum, featuring Community Conversations on the great issues that shape our neighborhood and our planet, will host a presentation by Community Supported Film and screening of The Fruit of Our Labor.

Friday March 2, 2012  7pm – 9pm, First Church, Unitarian Universalist. First Church is located in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, across from the Soldiers’ Monument at the corner of Centre Street and South Street. Directions found here.

In a climate where the mainstream American media typically reports international news from an American perspective and with a focus on crises and conflict, can locally-told stories help us to better understand current events?  Come find out!


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