There are so many projects related to Afghanistan that produce little to nothing for us “consumers” to read or view. Community Supported Film is different. They have produced quite a few documentaries, and made them immediately available to view online – for a limited time. Their documetary film collection Fruits of Our Labour looks great. Here’s their spiel:
Leading up to 9/11, Community Supported Film is releasing one Afghan-made film per day from the collection The Fruit of Our Labor. As we reflect on the impact of 9-11 and the October 7th US-led invasion of Afghanistan on our lives, Community Supported Film is providing an opportunity to also reflect on the situation from an Afghan perspective.
The Fruit of Our Labor is a collection of intimate stories made by Afghans and about Afghans’ survival in their war-ridden country. Each documentary short offers a personal and first-hand point of view rarely seen or heard in the US, even after 10 years of intense media coverage. As a series, these films bring to life Afghans’ daily efforts to address their challenging social and economic conditions – providing an insider perspective behind and beyond the battlefront.
In the interest of amplifying the voices and expertise of Afghans, Community Supported Film conducted an intensive 5-week training of 10 Afghans in documentary production in the fall of 2010. After three weeks of rigorous exercises, each student was required to develop and produce a character driven short documentary. The resulting films are gathered in this collection, The Fruit of Our Labor. For many of them this is their directorial debut as a documentary filmmaker. CSFilm continues its training and production program in Afghanistan.
Check out this one-minute excerpt:
For the full documentary, and many others, check out their website. The films are available to watch online for free until October 7th.