STAFF PICK OF THE MONTH
TELL SPRING NOT TO COME THIS YEAR follows a unit of the Afghan National Army (ANA) over the course of their first year of fighting in the Helmand province without NATO support. This intimate and humanist film explores a largely unheard and misrepresented perspective, revealing the deep personal motivations, desires and struggles of a band of fighting men on the front line. Without a NATO soldier in sight, and no narrative but their own, this is the war in Afghanistan, through the eyes of the Afghans who live it.
WATCH THE IMPACT TALK FEATURING:
Saeed Taji Farouky | Co Director, Tell Spring Not to Come This Year
Jennifer Geist (moderator) | Global Education Consultant, Zeitgeist Creations
Michael McEvoy | Co Director, Tell Spring Not to Come This Year
Sahr Muhammedally | MENA and South Asia Director, Center for Civilians in Conflict
Saeed Taji Farouky
Saeed Taji Farouky is a documentary filmmaker known for creating nonfiction films that celebrate human rights and raise uncomfortable questions regarding personal freedoms and the notion of social justice. His work often requires long periods of filming under dangerous conditions, as was the case with 2015’s TELL SPRING NOT TO COME THIS YEAR, which follows one unit of the Afghan National Army (ANA) over the course of their first year of fighting in Helmand without NATO support.
Michael is an independent documentary filmmaker and photographer who previously served with the British Army in Afghanistan and Libya. His last film, TELL SPRING NOT TO COME THIS YEAR followed the lives of a Company of Afghan Army soldiers fighting in Helmand against a resurgent Taliban after the withdrawal of British forces. He currently lives in Kunduz, Afghanistan where he works for a humanitarian NGO.