Love City Jalalabad (2013) Feature Documentary (Director: George Gittoes)In association with the new exhibition George Gittoes: on being there, Casula Powershouse Arts Centre will be screening ‘Love City Jalalabad’ (2013) and ‘White Light’ (2019), two fundemental films to the career of George Gittoes.
Internationally renowned filmmaker and artist George Gittoes has learned that documenting frontline action is not enough; he wants to use art to bring about change.
George forms an artists’ collective in the western Afghan city of Jalalabad – a province long controlled by the Taliban. Someone only as brave and creative as George would then dare to make movies in Jalalabad, recruiting female actors from Pakistan (there are no Pashtun-speaking Afghan women actors) to join Australian performance artist Hellen Rose, and local action star Amir Shah in their quest to bring love back to Afghanistan.
This fearless documentary will show how the progressive youth of Afghanistan are rejecting the use of armed force and see film as an alternative means of bringing peace and social chance to their war torn and occupied country.
2015 Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival, New York: WINNER, Best Documentary.
2015 Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival, New York: WINNER, Most Socially Relevant.
2013 Sydney Film Festival: FINALIST, Foxtel Australian Documentary Prize.