Preview Screening: The Fixer – Afghanistan Behind the Scenes

Screening Monday 24th November, 2008

When foreign journalists are working in hostile environments, they often rely on a local (The Fixer) to set up interviews, interpret conversations, and provide links and leads to people and stories. They are an essential tool in the news-gathering process. In this revealing film, director Aaron Rockett follows the journey of freelance journalist Sean Langan and his fixer, Sami Sharaf on the streets of Kabul as they film a story about the country’s first all female driving school.

A Fixer walks a fine line between two very different worlds.  They often accept assignments that place them in danger of retaliation from local militias who believe them to be traitors or spies for Western nations.

In this film we see the important relationship that exists between a Western journalist and his local colleague – viewers join in on this journey and gain a better understanding of a world that has been defined by war.

Directed by Aaron Rockett
Length: 45 mins

In association with We the Peoples Film Festival