"Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi" [Documentaries in Bloom]
Film's first international theatrical release!
***Screenings on Friday, March 12th and Saturday, March 13th, will be followed by a discussion with Christian Parenti, a journalist with the Nation and field producer on the film, moderated by Ms. Bloom.***
"FIXER is the best documentary I've seen on Afghanistan -- so good it's hard to imagine a better one. It's all jagged edges, blurs, and disconnects, catching as it does both the forbidding emptiness of the land and the edginess of war-weary Afghans."
- Ann Jones, author of "Kabul In Winter," The Huffington Post
"Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi"
(Directed, photographed, and edited by Ian Olds, 2009, 84 min.)
Fixer is a harrowing film that follows Ajmal, a 24-year-old Afghan man who "fixes" meetings for foreign journalists with high-ranking members of the Taliban. "I bring one enemy to meet another," Ajmal explains in the film. When he was kidnapped along with an Italian reporter in 2007, their situation quickly goes from bad to worse. Fixer uses vivid interviews, a tumultous editing style and a variety of sources of digital footage--including contemporary video released by the Taliban--to tell the story of a man caught in the crossfire of the perilous conflict in Afghanistan.
Fixer had its world premiere at the 2009 International Film Festival Rotterdam. In the U.S., it premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, where Olds won the award for Best New Documentary Filmmaker. FIXER also won the First Prize of the Jury at Documenta Madrid; the University Jury Prize at Pesaro, Italy; and has been an official selection at more than 20 international film festivals.
Documentaries in Bloom (New Films Presented by Livia Bloom) is a monthly and bi-monthly program highlighting challenging, controversial, and though-provoking new documentary films of outstanding artistic merit. Series curator, Livia Bloom, is the editor of the forthcoming book Errol Morris: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi), which features conversations from the career of the Academy Award-winning documentarian. She has lectured on documentary film at Cornell University, and recently served as a member of the nominating committee for the Gotham Awards Best Documentary."
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