As part of a special week focused on the work of our organisation in Afghanistan, Women for Women International held an exclusive screening at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, of Frame by Frame, starring Pulitzer Prize winner Massoud Hossaini and award-winning photographer and photojournalist, Farzana Wahidy. Attendees included Lady Anne Greenstock, Cherie Lunghi, MyAnna Buring and Tracy Griffith Daley.

Frame by Frame follows four Afghan photojournalists as they navigate an emerging and dangerous media landscape reframing Afghanistan for the world, and for themselves. 

See photos from the event.

The evening began with a drinks reception and welcome from Dame Pippa Harris DBE, Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee & Director of Neal Street Productions, and ended with a Q&A with 2 of the stars of the film:

Farzana Wahidy*, award-winning Afghan documentary photographer and photojournalist

Farzana began working for Agence-France Presse in 2004, becoming the first female Afghan photojournalist to work for an international wire service. In 2012, she was chosen as one of the 100 most successful Afghan women in Afghanistan by MOBY Group. Her work has been published in The Sunday Times, The Guardian, and New Statesman. 

Massoud Hossaini*, Pulitzer Prize winner 

Massoud is the Chief Photographer for the Associated Press in Kabul and the husband of Farzana Wahidy. Massoud grew up as an Afghan refugee in Iran, where he joined the Iranian Reform Movement and began recording events on his camera. In 2012, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for an image of the 2011 suicide bombing of the Shia Muslim Ashura Festival. 

And special guest:

Mandana Hendessi OBE, Country Director, WfWI - Afghanistan

Mandana is an international development professional with over 25 years of experience in management, consulting, designing and developing programmes for civil society organizations, governments, international NGOs, and the UN, covering a diversity of socio-economic and human rights issues.

“The Frame by Frame film screening was an inspiring evening. The film highlights some of the serious challenges faced by women in Afghanistan. We were so honoured to have two of the stars of the documentary join us for a question and answer session after the screening live from Kabul via Skype. Farzana and Massoud inspired us with their bravery and dedication to telling to stories of women in Afghanistan and the importance of investing in their empowerment and education" Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Executive Director, WfWI UK.