An omnibus film by five American filmmakers and a collective of young Afghan media journalists, Far from Afghanistan takes a look at the longest overseas war in U.S. history. Inspired by the 1967 collaborative film Loin du Vietnam, Far from Afghanistan unites a variety of filmmakers, cinematographers, editors and technicians in the international effort to redirect U.S. policy away from military and political intervention toward true humanitarian and developmental care-giving. –Locarno Film Festival
John Gianvito (USA) is a film maker, teacher and curator living in Boston, Massachusetts. His films include The Flower of Pain (1983), Address Unknown (1985) and The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein (2001). He is the editor of the book Andrei Tarkovsky: Interviews (2006). His latest film Vapor Trail (Clark) had it’s world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2010 in the section After Victory. —International Film Festival Rotterdam
Born in Chicago on May 16, 1943, of a military family, Jon Jost grew up in Georgia, Kansas, Japan, Italy, Germany and Virginia. Expelled from college in 1962, he began making 16mm films in January, 1963. He is self-taught. He has made some 20+ shorts and 14 feature length films on celluloid, 16 and 35mm, all of which he has conceived, written, photographed, directed and edited; most of these he also produced. Since 1996 he has worked only in Digital Video (DV), completing 18 full-length works and many shorts, as well as one large-scale 7 screen installation work, TRINITY, presented at the ZKM, Karlsruhe Germany, in this medium as of 2009.
After 10 years of making short works, Jost made his first feature-length film in 1974, and since devoted himself to the making of a wide-ranging series of films, largely focused on specifically American topics, in forms ranging from essays (Speaking Directly, Stagefright, Plain Talk & Common Sense), to fictions (Last Chants for a Slow Dance;… read more
"Far from Afghanistan es un documental inclinado a lo discursivo. Son los temas abordados, bajo estilo propio, de cinco directores. Cada relato se enfoca desde puntos de vista distintos, dentro o fuera del campo de guerra, sobre sus actores, tanto agresores como víctimas, las directas y las indirectas, así como simulaciones que sugieren un contraplano del conflicto..." http://bit.ly/1b1AX6G
The Ferronis take our end of the year double feature extravaganza to delirious heights.
An evaluation of the feature films programmed in TIFF’s Wavelengths section.