This project gallery represents the work of our network of creative activists including media produced by Creative Activist Program members, fiscal sponsees, and Creative Visions Productions. 

Frame by Frame

Alexandria Bombach & Mo Scarpelli

Following a devastating media blackout enforced by the Taliban, four local photojournalists face the realities of building Afghanistan’s first free press.  When the Taliban took over Afghanistan in 1996, they banned photography. Taking or possessing a photograph was a crime. For six years, the regime’s tightly controlled media blackout silenced the Afghan people. When the US invaded after 9/11, the Taliban toppled from power, the media blackout disappeared, and a promising news industry emerged. Afghan photojournalists trained and took to the streets, homes, and to front lines of war to tell the stories of their own people. A photography revolution was born. 

Set in a modern Afghanistan bursting with color and character, Frame by Frame follows four Afghan photojournalists on their journey to build Afghanistan’s first free press. Through never-before-seen archival footage shot in secret during Taliban rule, Frame by Frame reveals a struggle in overcoming the odds to capture the truth.

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