DocuClub NY: The Interpreters

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30pm | Event 7pm | No admittance after 7:30pm

co-presented with IDA

Please join us to kick off the Winter/Spring 2018 season of our DCTV Presents series with our first DocuClub work-in-progress screening of the year!

The Interpreters follows the lives of Iraqi and Afghan interpreters who worked hand in hand with the US military. Local interpreters were vital to the US war effort, but now many face danger in their countries because of their affiliation. This is the story of how they are rebuilding their lives, told through a chain-smoking Iraqi codenamed "Phillip Morris" who was able to make it to the US with the help of an American soldier he befriended during his deployment, an Afghan called Malik who is still working as an active interpreter at the US base in Kabul despite threats to his life, and another Afghan named Mujtaba who fled with his family as refugees to Turkey.

Following the screening, we will be joined by Co-Director Andres Caballero and Co-Director and Cinematographer Sofian Khan for a feedback discussion moderated by Farihah Zaman.

Andres Caballero (Co-Director) is a public radio producer, journalist and documentary filmmaker. He produced a series for StoryCorps, recording the stories of military personnel who served in post 9/11 conflicts. Andres is a former NPR/Above the Fray fellow, where he reported stories from Cameroon, including the refugee spillover from the Central African Republic. He’s currently a producer at Latino USA and his stories appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, PBS and print publications across the US. He co-directed Gaucho del Norte (2015), an observational documentary that follows the journey of a Patagonian immigrant sheepherder recruited to work in the American west, and is also a 2016 MacArthur Documentary Grant recipient for The Interpreters.

Sofian Khan (Co-Director, Cinematographer) is the founder of Capital K Pictures— a New York-based production company focusing on documentary work. His shorts have appeared on Field of Vision, Al Jazeera, PBS, Fusion, The Atlantic and Huffington Post. He is a 2016 MacArthur Documentary Grant recipient for his film The Interpreters, currently in post-production, and being finished with support from ITVS. His first feature, The Dickumentary (2014)— a definitive history of the penis from its evolution millions of years ago, to today— was acquired by Breaking Glass Pictures in the US, and made its festival premiere at the Atlanta Film Festival. His second feature, Gaucho del Norte (2015), was released shortly after, co-directed with producing partner Andrés Caballero. The film was a Jerome Foundation grant recipient, following South American shepherds who are recruited to work in the American west. It premiered at the 2015 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and afterwards aired on PBS’ America ReFramed series. Currently, Sofian is producing An Act of Worship, based on a short film about the travel ban that he co-directed for Field of Vision. The feature length documentary has received support from the Ford Foundation, the Islamic Scholarship Fund and Mountainfilm’s commitment grant.

Farihah Zaman (Moderator) is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, critic, and programmer who is currently the Production Manager for Field of Vision. She began working in the industry as the Acquisitions Manager for indie film distribution company Magnolia Pictures in 2006. Her first feature film is the award-winning documentary Remote Area Medical, followed by the short Kombit (2014 Sundance Film Festival) and second feature This Time Next Year (2014 Tribeca Film Festival). She currently writes for Reverse Shot, Huffington Post, Film Comment, and The A.V. Club, among others.


RSVP to this free event, and consider a new seasonal pass (only $25!) to enjoy all ticketed events this season.

Eventbrite - DCTV Presents: Winter/Spring 2018

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DocuClub NY is a regular collaboration between IDA and DCTV. This works-in-progress screening series offers the public and members of the film community advance access to new documentaries in progress, and the opportunity to participate in behind-the-scenes conversations with filmmakers and creators.

This event is part of the Winter/Spring 2018 season of DCTV Presents, DCTV’s signature screening and event series that champions groundbreaking nonfiction film.

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