[Exclusive Video] Death to the Camera

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  1. Wow. This is incredible. I do worry about retaliation from men towards these women for appearing on camera. I hope they’ll be ok. Can someone explain to me what they are even doing with all that dirt? (Not to be Monty Pythonish about it, but I’m curious). It also really angers me that international aid is all skimmed off by the top officials. Same everywhere. And we keep forking it over. I’m not against foreign aid–I just want it to get to the people.

    • Dear Lori,

      Thank you for your comments. The women in the film are packaging soil to plant seedlings for a reforestation project. The film gives hints at the complexity of the aid situation; while it could certainly be argued that not enough aid reaches the population, there is also much misinformation. For example, while the women are complaining that they don’t see a penny of international aid, they are actually working on a work-for-cash site implemented by a prominent development organization. Another side effect of the international community’s involvement in Afghanistan are exponentially rising prices, especially in Kabul – making it more difficult for Afghans to make ends meet, as was indicated in the film.

      Several of the other films in The Fruit of Our Labor collection show locally-led development projects, run through district councils as part of the National Solidarity Program. These locally run projects – including the building of irrigation systems and clinics – tend to be cost effective and locally accepted. You can access those clips at http://csfilm.org/films/fruit-of-our-labor/#water and http://csfilm.org/films/fruit-of-our-labor/#hands .

      Thank you for your feedback and interest!

      Ali Pinschmidt
      Program Coordinator, Community Supported Film

  2. Sayed Qasem says:

    Thank you for the good comments about the death to the camera.

    • Sayed Qasem says:

      Do not forget that in this film, even the ideas of Sayed Qasem Hussein has directed the film.
      The only thing we have done for Michael Sheridan Purduscer film is all hard work and misery of the movie I’m pulling your shoulders alone.
      I feel bad for people in the West have found Because always like things that are unknown to those who take their name, I’m really sorry for you.
      Thanks
      Sayed Qasem Hussaini Director & Cinema topographer (Death To The Camera)

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  1. [...] The Good Men Project writes, “Stylistically, the documentary reminded me of 12 Angry Men in that the narrative thrust is carried not by scene changes but by what can result from a lack of them: a laser-like focus into a situation and the jagged edges of multiple minds trying to resolve something together. In this case, Death to the Camera shows Afghan women on a work site…” Read the rest of the article and watch the film here! [...]

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