SAWA (Support Association for Afghan Women)
Event/Project Type: Move – 2 screenings – 2pm and 6pm
Event/Project Description: Frame by Frame, set in a modern Afghanistan bursting with colour and character, Directors Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli follows four Afghan photojournalists as they navigate an emerging and dangerous media landscape reframing Afghanistan for the world, and for themselves. When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, taking a photo was a crime. After the regime fell from power in 2001, a fledgling free press emerged and a photography revolution was born. In light of foreign troops and media withdrawing (though it now appears Australia will send more troops), Afghanistan has been left to stand on its own, as are its journalists. Through cinema vérité, intimate interviews, powerful photojournalism, and never-before-seen archival footage shot in secret during the Taliban regime, the film connects audiences with four humans in the pursuit of the truth.
Venue: Launceston College Theatre, 107 Paterson St. (laneway opposite Royal Park)
Contact: Ros Lewis
Start Date 7 August
Opening hours of your venue: 5.45 for 6
wheelchair access: Yes
Entry/Participation Cost: Suggested donation: 2pm gold coin, 6pm $5 or more with all donations going to SAWA (Support Association for Afghan Women) Receipts available at the door.
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All donations go to SAWA-Australia, a not-for-profit organization to provide Afghan women with education and health services for a future Afghanistan free of fundamentalist violence and foreign interference. It was established in 2004.
It is incorporated in South Australia and coordinates regional groups in Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland.
It is dedicated to raising funds for human rights, education, nutrition, health, safety, and improving the self-esteem of Afghanistan's women and children, including those who live as refugees in Pakistan. Within these aims SAWA-Australia (SA) is responsible for the financial support of a Vocational Training Centre for illiterate women in Kabul, for a hospital in Farah, Afghanistan's poorest province, for student scholarships given to residents of orphanages and for occasional other projects. Its partners in Afghanistan are RAWA, the Revolutionary Asosciation of the Women of Afghanistan, and OPAWC, the Organization for Promoting Afghan Women's Capabilities.
SAWA is not your ordinary charity. It is operated entirely by volunteers and does not have to use part of its donation income to pay any staff. As a consequence SAWA has extremely low administrative overheads (between 1 and 2%), and all donations given to SAWA-Australia (SA) go to its projects in Afghanistan.
SAWA's strength comes from its members. Annual membership is $20, $10 concession and $5 for students, $100 for organizations. www.sawa-australia.org