In 1996, the Taliban ruled over Afghanistan and placed a ban on photography. When that strict regime was taken out of power in 2001, after the American invasion that autumn, photography became legal again. With the medium’s innate ability to tell a story, “the need for local journalism in Afghanistan couldn’t be more important than it is right now, to build democracy and independence, to hold those in power accountable, to drive social and political change.”
Filmmakers Mo Scarpelli and Alexandria Bombach see this critical time in Afghan history and have decided to make it their mission to document and tell the story of the photography revolution. Their film, Frame by Frame will follow the experiences of four photojournalists in Afghanistan, including one of the only female photojournalists in the country, who are standing up for what they believe in through this uncertain time for photojournalism. With international media and troops set to pull out in 2014, these brave photographers fear for the future of journalism and photography in their country.
Recognizing the ability of film-making to connect the world to an issue and inspire change, Scarpelli and Bombach have set out to do just that. Frame by Frame will tell a true story of the highs and lows in the lives of these Afghan photojournalists as they pursue their mission of keeping Afghanistan in the eyes of the world media through photography and being a voice for the Afghan people.
This deeply important and meaningful story needs to be told, and you can help. Frame by Frame is a Kickstarter project seeking support and help from other people who believe in the power of photojournalism. For more information and to support this project visit the Kickstarter page.