86 min
Afghanistan | USA

When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, a media blackout was in effect. Radio waves were tightly controlled, newspapers disbanded and photographs were burned in the streets as an example. In 2001, the Taliban fell and a new band of journalists emerged in Kabul. Through four Afghan photographers, FRAME BY FRAME explores the rupture of identity by war, the residual effects of this war and media suppression on a people, and attempts to reclaim a narrative and sense of self through the photographic image.

Directed by 
Alexandria Bombach & Mo Scarpelli
Producers - Jeff Orlowski, Alexandria Bombach, Mo Scarpelli
Exec Producers - 
Louis Venezia, Nancy Schafer
Dir of Photography -
Alexandria Bombach, Mo Scarpelli
Editor - Alexandria Bombach
Music Composition - Patrick Jonsson

Produced by Red Reel, Rake Films, Exposure Labs, CoPilot Pictures. Distributed by TIME, Inc.

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South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW)
* Documentary Competition Selection

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival 
* Top 10 Audience Favourites

BFI London Film Festival
* Nominated for Grearson Award for Best Documentary 

* Documentary Competition Selection

Festival de Cine y Derechos Humanos de Barcelona
* Best Documentary Film Prize

Camden Intl Film Festival
* Jury Award for Best Documentary

Seattle Intl Film Festival
* Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision

Ashland Independent Film Festival 
* Audience Award for Best Documentary

Nashville Film Festival 
* Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary

Cleveland International Film Festival 
* Reel Women Direct Prize

Dallas Intl Film Festival
* Silver Heart Award

Brooklyn Film Festival 
* Audience Award for Best Documentary
* Spirit Award

New Hampshire Film Festival
* Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
* Special Jury Prize for Documentary

MountainFilm Telluride
* Student Choice Award

Sidewalk Film Festival
* Special Jury Prize for Documentary Feature

Port Townsend Film Festival
* Best Documentary Feature

Cayman Islands Film Festival
* Best Feature Documentary

Washington West Film Festival
* Best Documentary Feature, Best Director

San Francisco Independent Film Festival
* Best Documentary Jury Prize

Weyauwega International Film Festival
* Best Feature Documentary Prize

Moab International Film Festival
* Audience Choice Award

Movies That Matter Film Festival - Netherlands
* Audience Choice Award

Something Somewhere Film Festival - Australia
* Audience Award for Best Documentary

UN Women Film Festival San Francisco
* Best Documentary Feature Prize

Woods Hole Film Festival
* Runner-Up Jury Award for Best Documentary

Citizen Jane Film Festival
* Opening Night Film

Flyway Film Festival
* Closing Night Film

Reel Awareness Human Rights Film Festival - Canada
* Opening Night Film

Arte Cinema Film Festival - Italy
* Opening Night Film

Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA)
* Special Mention for Documentary Feature

IFC Center - New York
Laemmle Music Hall - Los Angeles
IDA Documentary Screening Series - Los Angeles
Bertha DocHouse - London
Ted Rogers Documentary Cinema - Toronto
Heartland Film Festival
New Orleans Film Festival
Hollywood Film Festival
Berkshire International Film Festival
Atlanta Film Festival 
Maryland Film Festival
Denver Film Festival 
Hawaii International Film Festival
Savannah Film Festival
San Diego Film Festival
Bend Film Festival
Smithsonian Institution Freer & Sackler with DC Foto Week
Documentary Edge Film Festival 
Macon Film Festival 
Persian Film Festival 
Atlantic Film Festival
Crested Butte Film Festival
Aspen Film Festival 
Delhi Photo Festival / Geothe Institut - India
Frankfort Film Festival 
Brattleboro Film Festival
St Louis International Film Festival
Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival
Guelph Film Festival
Lone Star Film Festival 
Independent Photography Festival - Australia
Indievillage Documentary Film Festival - Australia + New Zealand
Afghan Documentary Film Festival / Mumbai International Film Festival - India
Telluride Photo Festival
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 
Sarasota Film Festival 
Lo Schermo dell'arte Film Festival - Italy
Glasgow Film Festival 
One World Film Festival - Czech Republic
Kansas City Film Festival
ReFrame Peterborough International Film Festival
UNCW DocuTime Film Festival 
Exposure Photography Festival
Sedona International Film Festival
Human Screen Festival - Tunisia
Las Cruces Film Festival 
Green Bay Film Festival
Frozen River Film Festival 
Oneota Film Festival
First Time Film Festival 
Belleville Downtown DocFest
Freedom Film Fest - Malaysia
Master of Art Film Festival - Bulgaria
Jacksonville Documentary Film Festival 
Hafen 2 - Germany
Global Voices - USNC-UN Women Film Festival 
Mendocino Film Festival
Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival - Myanmar
Heartland Film Roadshow Summer Rewind
Viewfinder to Asia Films - Macau
Mostra de Mujeres En El Cine Y La TV - Mexico
Providence Art & Design Film Festival
Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival 
MOVE IT! Film Festival - Germany
Human Right Film Festival - Spain
Human Rights Festival - Luxembourg
Movies That Matter - Albania 
This Human World Film Festival 
SIMA Cambodia Grassroots Film Festival 
Inspire Film Festival
FIFDH / Festival du Film et Forum International sur les Droits Humains - Switzerland
ACT Human Rights Film Festival
FLOW Photofest - Scotland
Photopolis Photography Festival
Covey Film Festival 
Museum of Tolerance - Los Angeles
UMB Film Series + The DocYard - Boston
NeueHouse - New York
Akron Art Museum
Hollywood Theatre- Portland, OR
MondayScreen - Italy

Private Screening at the Presidential Palace of President Ashraf Ghani 
United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
French Embassy in Afghanistan
Resolute Support by NATO - Kabul
The Wilson Center for Scholars
United States Institute of Peace
National Press Club - Washington, DC
NPR headquarters - Washington, DC
JEA + Newseum - Washington, DC
Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand
Afghan Cultural Week in Berlin
Women for Women International - UK Afghanistan Week - London
Support Association for the Women of Afghanistan - Australia
The Hamilton Dialogues 
The Mark Twain House & Museum
Seeds of Peace - Abu Dhabi
The Jewish Museum - New York
CONTACT South Asia Peacebuilding Program
Library of Congress Asian American Association
Afghan Australian Development Organisation
Documentary Arts Asia presents F-28 Chiang Mai Month of Photography - Thailand
Louis August Jonas Foundation - New York
World Affairs Council of Kentucky 
DOCommunity Series, Auckland Art Gallery
SAWA Australia - Refugee Week 
Foreign Correspondents Association of East Africa - Nairobi
PAWA254 - Nairobi
Mujeres en el Cine y la Tv / Women in Film and Television International - Mexico
Hong Kong Journalists Association

University of Missouri-Columbia (Missouri Journalism School)
University of Minnesota (School of Journalism & Mass Communications)
University of Oregon (School of Journalism & Communication)
University of Nebraska-Omaha (Center for Afghanistan Studies)
University of Michigan
CSU Fresno CineCulture
Kent State University (School of Journalism & Mass Communications)
Syracuse University (S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications)
George Mason University
University of California at Berkeley
Georgetown University
Duke University
University of North Carolina
University of San Francisco
The New School (NY)
University College of London (International Public Policy Review)
James Madison University
University of Colorado-Boulder
University of Arizona
University of Maryland-College Park
University of Pennsylvania
University of Findlay
University of Denver
Fort Lewis College
Texas Tech University (Dept of Journalism & Electronic Media)
University of Nevada-Las Vegas (Hank Greenspun School of Journalism)
Northern Arizona University
Loyalist College
Lipscomb University HumanDocs Series
Marshall University College of Arts & Media
International Film Series at UC Boulder
Ohio Wesleyan University
Randolph College
Austin Peay State University Honors Film Forum
Susquehanna University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Points Park University
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Texas Christian University
Saint Michaels College
Marlboro College
Weber State University
Montclair State University
Bates College
Big Rapids High School
Carlisle High School
Basalt High School (via Aspen Film Festival)
St. Francis High School Media
Bronx Prep Middle School
University of Central Missouri
The College of New Jersey
University of San Diego (Outside the Lens)
Chattanooga State Community College
Dickenson College (Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues)
Catawba College
Western Wyoming Community College


FRAME BY FRAME is available to screen anywhere in the world.
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