The DocYard Presented a Special Benefit Screening for
Community Supported Film’s Fund for Afghan Evacuation and Resettlement
Monday, October 18, 7PM at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Far from Afghanistan (2012)
dirs. John Gianvito, Soon-Mi Yoo, Jon Jost, Minda Martin, Travis Wilkerson
This month marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the War in Afghanistan. It’s only been two months since the fall of Kabul, but already our mediascape and national consciousness have left the remnants of our longest war behind. Continuing the DocYard’s retrospective of John Gianvito’s work, we are presenting a special benefit screening of Far from Afghanistan. An omnibus by five American filmmakers known for their political cinema and Afghan Voices, a collective of young Afghan video journalists trained by Community Supported Film, the film both diagnoses and works against militarist intervention and collective forgetting. Inspired by the Chris Marker-guided 1967 film Far from Vietnam, the individual segments of Far from Afghanistan delve deeply into the war’s toll on Afghans and Americans alike and are bolstered by interstitial reporting and interviews conducted by members of Afghan Voices. Each segment’s distinct vision and artistic approaches, drawn from the segment director’s established filmmaking practice, are unified under the editorial touch of Gianvito, Pacho Velez (The American Sector, The Reagan Show), and Rob Todd. More than a record of protest or critique of American propaganda, Far from Afghanistan puts collective documentary practices in service of a multivocal and distributed activism.
The screening will be preceded by Treasure Trove, a short film by CSFilm’s Fakhria, and followed by a Q&A with John Gianvito and Michael Sheridan (Community Supported Film).
Community Supported Film’s Fund for Afghan Evacuation & Resettlement
Community Supported Film’s (CSFilm) vision is driven by the knowledge that peace, prosperity and democracy depend on a well-informed citizenry. Our mission is to help citizens make responsible decisions about their community, country and world by providing access to stories rooted in local perspectives.
CSFilm has worked in Afghanistan since 2009, training, mentoring and collaborating with journalists and documentary filmmakers. The Fruit of Our Labor-Afghan perspectives in Film was a 2010-12 project that produced 10 short documentaries, including Fakhria’s Treasure Trove. The filmmakers went on to produce broadcast, journalistic, commissioned and independent films. In 2021 CSFilm initiated Afghanistan21-LookListenLocal – only a few single-shot films and stories were released before the Taliban takeover and the international withdrawal.
Now, CSFilm urgently needs resources to support our Afghan colleagues. In normal circumstances, any initiative that contributes to the brain drain of a country is anathema to the foundation of our work. In this case, however, we will do everything possible to save and rebuild our colleagues’ lives.
Please contribute to CSFilm’s Fund for Afghan Evacuation & Resettlement to help people face the physical, mental, and financial challenges of leaving everything behind and resettling in a new country.