Film screening in Ballarat supports women's education in Afghanistan

Ballarat residents who might have no idea of what contemporary Afghanistan actually looks like are offered the chance to learn this Sunday with an exclusive screening of a powerful film.

Frame By Frame is described as a film that follows four Afghan photojournalists “as they navigate an emerging and dangerous media landscape – reframing Afghanistan for the world, and for themselves”.

After the rise of the Taliban in the 1980s, photography was banned in the country, and was a crime punishable by death. Nevertheless journalists and photographers, including women, took enormous risks to capture what was taking place in the once-liberal country. Frame By Frame documents some of those brave people’s efforts.

Libby Drew is one of those presenting the film in Ballarat. She says it’s an amazing insight into contemporary life in one of the world’s most misunderstood and vilified countries.

“It’s a little window into Afghanistan as it is right now,” says Ms Drew.

“It’s moving, it’s horrific. We never get to see ordinary life there, just little snippets after a bomb’s gone off or something; and this gives an idea of their ordinary lives from the perspectives of the four Afghani photojournalists.”

The photojournalists defied the Taliban’s prohibition to photograph place such as hospitals and taking images of war zones and soldiers to produce a lyrical composition of everyday life in a land ruined by war.

Frame By Frame is screening on Sunday 15 October at 2pm at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE).

All proceeds are going to SAWA, the Support Association for the Women of Afghanistan, a not-for-profit enterprise

To see this remarkable documentary and help raise funds for women's education and health services in Afghanistan, you can buy tickets at $15 each: or at the door.