[Videonews] New Release: KABUL TRANSIT

Elizabeth Stanley (Elizabeth@bullfrogfilms.com)
Tue, 6 Nov 2007 16:14:39 -0500

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Bullfrog Films is pleased to announce the release of a new program:

KABUL TRANSIT

This is a street-level documentary that explores the soul of a city =
devastated by nearly three decades of war.

In the broken cityscape of Kabul, Afghanistan, amid the dust and rubble =
of war, Westerners and Afghans adjust to the uncertain possibilities of =
peace. "Kabul Transit" shuttles through the broken streets of the city, =
moving between public space and private, listening in on conversations, =
posing questions, probing the darker alleys mainstream media avoids. =
The result is a unique cinematic experience-- a shifting mosaic of =
encounters and raconteurs, captured glances and telling gestures, all =
beautifully shot and woven together by the music and the found sounds of =
a city sluggishly coming to life. =20

Rejecting the usual device of narration and portraiture, the film asks =
the viewer to experience Kabul as a newly arrived visitor would-- with a =
freshness born of apprehension on finding oneself in a place that is at =
once hauntingly strange and altogether familiar.

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"One of the most important films on the Middle East in recent years." =
~Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies

"The documentary accurately reveals the end result of a 30-year war =
devastation of the ancient city of Kabul and its inhabitants. It draws =
many contrasts--the abundance of supply for foreign troops and the =
scarcity faced by Afghan security forces, the new buildings and the =
devastation of the city, and the views of university students on what =
should be done and what is being done by donors. The quality of =
photography is superb and the coverage is comprehensive with high =
educational value to viewing students and the public at large. Kabul has =
been destroyed many times in history and [the film] clearly demonstrates =
that history repeats itself. The most astonishing aspect came through =
the positive psychology of the people showing strive and hope rather =
than despair at terrible odds." =20
~Nake Kamrany, Professor of Economics, University of Southern California

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Directed by David Edwards, Maliha Zulfacar, and Gregory Whitmore=20
2007, 84 minutes
Purchase: $295.00; Rental: $95.00
Includes Public Performance Rights

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam
Award of Commendation, Society for Visual Anthropology Film & Video =
Festival, American Anthropological Association=20
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Web link: http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/kt.html

Elizabeth Stanley
National Sales Manager
BULLFROG FILMS
P.O. Box 149, Oley, PA 19547
Tel 800 543 3764 =20
Tel 610 779 8226
Fax 610 370 1978
Email: elizabeth@bullfrogfilms.com
Web: www.bullfrogfilms.com
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New Release: KABUL TRANSIT

Bullfrog Films is pleased to announce the = release of a new program:

KABUL TRANSIT

This is a street-level documentary that explores = the soul of a city devastated by nearly three decades of war.

In the broken cityscape of Kabul, Afghanistan, = amid the dust and rubble of war, Westerners and Afghans adjust to the = uncertain possibilities of peace.  "Kabul Transit" = shuttles through the broken streets of the city, moving between public = space and private, listening in on conversations, posing questions, = probing the darker alleys mainstream media avoids.  The result is a = unique cinematic experience-- a shifting mosaic of encounters and = raconteurs, captured glances and telling gestures, all beautifully shot = and woven together by the music and the found sounds of a city = sluggishly coming to life. 

Rejecting the usual device of narration and = portraiture, the film asks the viewer to experience Kabul as a newly = arrived visitor would-- with a freshness born of apprehension on finding = oneself in a place that is at once hauntingly strange and altogether = familiar.

*****************************
"One of the most important films on the = Middle East in recent years." ~Harvard University Center for Middle = Eastern Studies

"The documentary accurately reveals the end = result of a 30-year war devastation of the ancient city of Kabul and its = inhabitants. It draws many contrasts--the abundance of supply for = foreign troops and the scarcity faced by Afghan security forces, the new = buildings and the devastation of the city, and the views of university = students on what should be done and what is being done by donors. The = quality of photography is superb and the coverage is comprehensive with = high educational value to viewing students and the public at large. = Kabul has been destroyed many times in history and [the film] clearly = demonstrates that history repeats itself. The most astonishing aspect = came through the positive psychology of the people showing strive and = hope rather than despair at terrible odds." 

~Nake Kamrany, Professor of Economics, = University of Southern California

******************************
Directed by David Edwards, Maliha Zulfacar, = and Gregory Whitmore
2007,  84 minutes
Purchase: $295.00; Rental: $95.00
Includes Public Performance = Rights

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
International Documentary Film Festival, = Amsterdam
Award of Commendation, Society for Visual = Anthropology Film & Video Festival, American Anthropological = Association
 
Web link: http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/kt.html

Elizabeth Stanley
National Sales Manager
BULLFROG FILMS
P.O. Box 149, Oley, PA=A0 19547
Tel 800 543 3764 
Tel 610 779 8226
Fax 610 370 1978
Email:
elizabeth@bullfrogfilms.com
Web: www.bullfrogfilms.com
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