The Fruit of Our Labor: Afghan Perspectives in Film (2011)

Posted: October 7, 2011 in -
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Dear Political Film Blog,

I am writing in regards to a project that will hopefully pique your interest. My name is Amy Edison, and I work with an organization called Community Supported Film. Last November, we conducted an intensive documentary filmmaking course for native Afghanis in Kabul with the help of our Director, Michael Sheridan. The resulting films- ten shorts- contain intimate, first-hand accounts of the daily socioeconomic struggles Afghanis face, a perspective that is so often neglected in the US media. The final film, titled The Fruit of Our Labor, beautifully bring to life individuals’ efforts to overcome their challenging circumstances while providing an insider perspective beyond and behind the battlefront.

The film in its entirety will be available on our website for the duration of the weekend, and excerpts will remain available to the public indefinitely. You can also read our blog to check out any new updates on other projects.

We are currently looking for people to get the word out on this fantastic documentary. We hope you would be willing to write about this or possibly share a clip on your site.

Below are summaries of each film along with a press release and short synopsis.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Amy Edison, Outreach and Administrative Intern

Community Supported Film

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• Death to the Camera, by Qasem Hossaini

Women joke and fight on a cash-for-work site – accusing each other of being prostitutes, liars, and racists. Does the film reveal the depth of pain and trouble facing Afghans, or do these women know how to play to the camera and the aid industry?

• Treasure Trove, by Fakhria Ibrahimi

Eavesdrop on the saucy banter of women as they tend to the everyday back-breaking work of baking bread.

• Beyond Fatigue, by Baqir Tawakoli

Nowhere more so than in Afghanistan are women stretched to the limit of their physical and mental abilities.

• Water Ways, by Majeed Zarand

Most Afghans are more worried about access to water than they are about being attacked by insurgents. In a country that is 85% agrarian, Afghan villagers and the government – in partnership with international aid organizations – are trying to deal with the incongruous mix of droughts and flash floods that terrorize large parts of the country.

• Bearing the Weight, by Mona Haidari

Afghans have no choice but to be resilient: A look at the challenges and successes of one of Afghanistan’s 700,000 people left disabled by violence.

• Knocking on Time’s Door, by Waheed Zaman

A Mujahideen fighter puts down his gun to teach and to try to lead his village in the building of a new school.

• The Road Above, by Aqeela Rezai

A look at the effects of poppy production in Afghanistan – from an Afghan perspective. Over 1 million Afghans are addicted to heroin.

• Hands of Health, by Zahra Sadat

A pregnant woman navigates the options for healthcare and birth control – without a functioning maternity clinic nearby.

• Searching for a Path, by Reza Sahel

An intimate portrait of a pushcart vendor and the struggle for Afghans to cope with 40% unemployment.

• L is for Light and D is for Darkness, by Hasibullah Asmati

After the Taliban, Waseema takes things into her own hands to start a girls’ school. She organizes village women, pressures resistant men, and sets up ‘classrooms’ in an abandoned, roofless, building on the outskirts of the village.

Amy Edison, Outreach and Administrative Intern

Community Supported Film

Community Supported Film works to
strengthen the documentary storytelling capacity
in countries where the dissemination of
objective and accurate information is essential
for development and conflict resolution.

56 Parkton Road
Boston, MA 02130 USA
office: 617-834-7206

cell: 617-717-8279

amy@csfilm.org
http://www.csfilm.org

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