Afghanistan Project

Amplifying the voice and expertise of Afghans, in 2010 Community Supported Film trained Afghans in documentary filmmaking and video-journalism.

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Building Local Capacity: Giving Voice to Afghans through Filmmaking

In November 2010 CSFilm completed an intensive 5-week training of 10 Afghans in documentary production. After three weeks of rigorous exercises, each student was required to develop and produce a character driven short documentary. The 10 remarkable films that they produced are grouped under the title The Fruit of our Labor: Afghan Perspectives in Film. These stories bring to life Afghan’s efforts to address their challenging social and economic conditions and provide a fresh perspective on the needs and issues of Afghans beyond the relentless battlefront coverage of western media.


  • Non-fiction mediamakers that welcome all ethnicities, women and men, and are attracted by a shared commitment to social issue documentary storytelling;
  • The completion of short stories that raise critical concerns and accomplishments of local communities;
  • A cohort of skilled documentary filmmakers who can find employment, while contributing to the future of Afghanistan through documentary films that deal with issues central to Afghan development;
  • Deeper community and institutional engagement in assessment and critique of development interventions, international aid and socio-economic policy.

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