A Flickering Truth

A Flickering Truth ★★★½

Pietra Brettkelly's document of a bunch of Afghanis dedicated to restoring their national film archive, in the wake of Taliban destruction of these 'dangerous' cultural artifacts, and with limited means, is equal parts fascinating, enlightening, and sad. Fascinating in its materiality: battered old film canisters and 16mm projectors touring dusty barely developed villages. Enlightening as to the impacts on the everyday populace of the extreme socio-political changes, that have been a near constant part of the country's last 100yrs (at least). Sad in its unwrapping of how much cultural loss is incurred when even a single generation goes without knowledge of who they were and how things have changed. A FLICKERING TRUTH bears witness to the importance of cinema in capturing a nation's cultural memory.