[Ed. 7/21: CSFilm is no longer using the last names of Afghans or the images of those still in the country due to the deteriorating security situation.]
“Death to the Camera,” produced during CSFilm’s training and included in The Fruit of Our Labor collection, wins Best Documentary Award at the 1st KABUL HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL, Kabul, Afghanistan.
Congratulations to director Qasem, editor Hamed, sound person Mona and translator and assistant conceptualizer Jamal. This acknowledgment reaffirms Community Supported Film’s commitment to offering trainings in documentary filmmaking and to encouragimg new filmmakers to produce films that are daring in structure and powerful in story. As reported in The Hindu Arts Magazine, the film was well received in Kabul and met with protest in Mazar-e-sharif:
In Mazar-e-sharif … “The Islamic Sharia Department disrupted the screenings of ‘Paper Boats’ and ‘Death to Camera’ — they pulled down the banners of the festival, shouted slogans and disrupted the screenings,” according to Malek Shafi, the Festival Director. “But we will have this festival every year as we hope that by running it in a territory of war and tragedy we will be able to make the cultural identity of Afghanistan independent from political and militarism aspects”, Shaffi said.
Great respect goes out to Shaffi and the whole AHRFF team who stood their ground and produced this important festival and public service.