Dispatches: Saeed Taji Farouky


I’ve been fascinated by Afghanistan since my early days in college. I found a book titled “Afghanistan 1980-1990” by Edward Grazda and I was impressed that a place like Afghanistan could exist in the modern world. Ed was a black and white Leica guy, and so was I, so the match was perfect. So when I met Saeed Taji Farouky and found out he was the Co-Director behind “Tell Spring Not to Come This Year” I knew I had to find out more.
What I didn’t know was how smart, cool and humble Saeed actually is. War is an unforgiving subject that our culture seems to both love and ignore. It’s dirty business and the idea of turning your lens and life toward this subject places the filmmaker in a unique position. Someone who is there by choice. For anyone who has contemplated the idea of going to war this interview is for you. Saeed is kind enough to share his personal history and how it influences his work today. If you haven’t seen this film then I advise you to move as quickly as possible to your nearest theatre and get it done. Just watching the trailer gives me quail egg sized goose bumps.

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