Frustrated filmmaker torches documents, movies in Herat
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): A filmmaker in western Herat province on Monday set ablaze hundreds of his documents and movie-making equipment to register his protest against the government for not supporting the emerging cinema industry
Abdul Rahid Azimi torched his 350 CDs of documentary films, 200 CDs of photos, short films and 100 pages documents, appreciation letters, certificates and newly-written film stories in front of the Information and Culture Department in Herat City.
Azimi, who has been in the industry for the past 14 years, said his action was in protest against the government’s inattention to their profession and achievements and lack of support.
“Today, I set afire the documents and memories of my life’s 14 years in the presence of media to draw the attention of the unity government leaders to the cinema field. If it was not a big sin, I would have torched myself too,” he said.
“The government has made us struggling with many problems,” said another member of the industry, Wakil Safi, while hitting himself in protest.
His colleague Fatima Hussaini accused the government of negligence towards the cinema industry and forcing artists to leave their profession.
“As Azimi did burn his documents, we will do it as well to awaken the government. If the situation remains the same, we will be obliged to say goodbye to our profession,” she added.
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