• A Flickering Truth

    Directed by Pietra Brettkelly
    New Zealand | 95 minutes | Awards Buzz-Best Foreign Language Film

  • A Flickering Truth

    Directed by Pietra Brettkelly
    New Zealand | 95 minutes | Awards Buzz-Best Foreign Language Film

  • A Flickering Truth

    Directed by Pietra Brettkelly
    New Zealand | 95 minutes | Awards Buzz-Best Foreign Language Film

  • A Flickering Truth

    Directed by Pietra Brettkelly
    New Zealand | 95 minutes | Awards Buzz-Best Foreign Language Film

  • A Flickering Truth

    Directed by Pietra Brettkelly
    New Zealand | 95 minutes | Awards Buzz-Best Foreign Language Film

After defying the Taliban to preserve Afghanistan’s film archives through subterfuge, local cinephiles must now race to restore and catalog material that has been neglected for years. Extracts illuminate the country’s troubled history and reveal aspects of the culture you would never imagine. Winner: Best Documentary, Warsaw.

Schedule

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film synopsis

Banned under the Taliban, who saw movies as another symptom of Western decadence, the archives at Afghan Film survived only through the courage of employees who defied orders to burn their collection and instead stashed away reels in locked rooms, hidden in ceilings and closets.

New Zealand filmmaker Pietra Brettykelly follows a group of dedicated cinephiles determined to restore Afghan Film and reclaim their country’s motion picture heritage. Returning from exile in Germany, Ibrahim Arify spearheads the effort, though resources are few and there is always the sense that danger could be just around the corner. Extracts from the archives bring the recent, troubled but often surprising history of Afghanistan to life, revealing not only the military incursions of the Soviets, but also days of relaxed cultural mores, a visit from President Kennedy, even women in miniskirts!

“A documentary not just for archivists but for those who see film as a vital part of local culture.” Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter.

Winner: Best Documentary, Warsaw

film details

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2015
Running Time: 95 minutes
Language: Pashto
Subtitles: Yes
Director: Pietra Brettkelly
Producers: Pietra Brettkelly
Cinematographers: Jacob Bryant
Editor: Margot Francis
Screenwriter: Pietra Brettkelly
International Sales Company: The Film Sales Company
Website: http://pietrabrettkelly.com/portfolio/flickering-truth/

guests in attendance

Pietra Brettkelly – Director

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