Far from Afghanistan

Year2011 Duration129 min. DirectorJohn Gianvito, Jon Jost, Minda Martin, Travis Wilkerson, Soon-Mi Yoo EditorPacho Velez, Robert Todd Production Steve Holmgren, Mike Bowes, John Bruce, Matthew Yeager

Production: Central Productions, Steady Orbits, Traveling Light Productions


  • 2012 Locarno Film Festival
  • 2012 Toronto International Film Festival
  • 2012 Viennale International Film Festival
  • 2012 Vancouver International Film Festival
  • 2012 Montreal International Documentary Festival
  • 2012 Sao Paulo International Film Festival
  • 2012 DocLisboa / 2012 CPH:DOX

Spanish premiere

An omnibus film by five American filmmakers and a collective of young Afghan media journalists, Far From Afghanistan forms a mosaic of cinematic approaches to take a critical look at the longest overseas war in U.S. history. Inspired by the 1967 collaborative film Loin du Vietnam, Far From Afghanistan likewise unites a variety of filmmakers, cinematographers, editors and technicians in the international effort to redirect U.S. policy away from military and political intervention toward true humanitarian and developmental caregiving as invited.

John Gianvito, Jon Jost, Minda Martin, Travis Wilkerson, Soon-Mi Yoo

John Gianvito

John GianvitoJohn Gianvito’s feature The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein received the Jury Prize at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema. His film Profit Motive and the Whispering wind was named “Best Experimental Film of the Year” by the National Society of Film Critics. Recently his film Vapor Trail (Clark), exploring the impact of the U.S. military presence in the Philippines, was cited as one of the Top Ten Films of the year by critics in Film Comment and Sight&Sound.


  • Far From Afghanistan (Segment, “My Heart Swims In Blood”) (2012)
  • Vapor Trail (Clark) (2010)
  • Profit Motive And The Whispering Wind (2007)
  • Puncture Wounds (September 11th) (Short) (2002)
  • The Mad Songs Of Fernanda Hussein (2001)
  • What Nobody Saw (Short) (1990)
  • August 6th (Short) (1988)
  • Address Unknown (Segment, "Letter To A Romantic Ideal") (1986)
  • The Flower Of Pain (1983)
  • The Direct Approach (Short) (1978)

Jon Jost

Jon JostJon Jost began making films in 1963 after being expelled from college. In 1965 he was imprisoned for over 2 years for refusal to cooperate with the Selective Service system. He made his first feature film in 1974, and has since that time focused on a wide range of American issues in his films. Since 1996 he has completing twelve features and many short films. Previous work includes Speaking Directly: Some American Notes, Bell Diamond, All The Vermeers in New York, and The Bed You Sleep In.


  • Far From Afghanistan (Segment, “Empire’s Cross”) (2012)
  • The Narcissus Flowers Of Katsura-Shima (2012)
  • Imagens De Uma Cidade Perdida (2011)
  • Dissonance (2011)
  • Trinity (2011)
  • Swimming In Nebraska (2010)
  • Rant (2009)
  • Parable (2008)
  • Over Here (2007)
  • La Lunga Ombra (2006)
  • Passages (2006)
  • Homecoming (2004)
  • Chhattisgarh Sketches (2004)
  • Vergessensfuge (2004)
  • Oui Non (2002)
  • Roma - Un Ritratto Improvvisiorio (2001)
  • Muri Romani (2000)
  • 6 Easy Pieces (2000)
  • Nas Correntes De Luz Da Ria Formosa (1999)
  • London Brief (1997)
  • Uno A Te, Uno A Me, E Uno A Raffaele (1994)
  • Frameup (1992-3)
  • The Bed You Sleep In (1992)
  • All The Vermeers In New York (1989-90)
  • Sure Fire (1988-90)
  • Rembrandt Laughing (1988)
  • Plain Talk And Common Sense (1986-8)
  • Bell Diamond (1987)
  • Slow Moves (1983)
  • Stagefright (1980)
  • Chameleon (1978)
  • Last Chants For A Slow Dance (Dead End) (1977)
  • Angel City (1976)
  • Speaking Directly (Some American Notes), (1973)

Minda Martin

Minda MartinMinda Martin directs personal documentaries and narrative films that explore the underpinnings and disparities of social class in America. Her films, including Aka Kathe and Monsoon St., ’77, have won awards and screened internationally that include Viennale, Punto de Vista, New York Video Festival, MoMA, RedCat, LA Museum of Contemporary Art, MOSTRA, Frameline Lesbian and Gay film festival. Currently, she teaches in the Dept of Communication at California State University, San Marcos.


  • Far From Afghanistan (Segment, "The Long Distance Operator") (2012)
  • Free Land, Documentary Feature (2009)
  • Monsoon St., ’77, Narrative Short (2006)
  • Love, Minda, Experimental Short (2009)
  • Do You Know, Experimental Documentary Short, 14m, Film/Video (2002)
  • Aka Kathe, Feature Documentary (2001)
  • A Little Ballad, Narrative Short (1998)
  • Mother’s Heritage, Documentary Short (1996)

Travis Wilkerson

Travis WilkersonTravis Wilkerson makes films in the tradition of the “third cinema,” wedding politics to form in an indivisible manner. Previous films include An Injury to One, Accelerated Under-Development, Who Killed Cock Robin?, and the National Archive series. He has screened at scores of festivals worldwide - Sundance, Toronto, Rotterdam, Marseille, Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, Hot Docs, Vienna International Film Festival and Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.


  • Far From Afghanistan (Segment, "Fragments Of Dissolution") (2012)
  • Distinguished Flying Cross (2011)
  • Pluto Declaration Essay, Part Of Orbit(Film) (2011)
  • Sand Creek Equation (2011)
  • Proving Ground Live Essay Performance (2007- Present)
  • Superior Elegy (2003-2010)
  • Who Killed Cock Robin? (2005-2010)
  • An Injury To One (2002)
  • National Archive V. 1 (2001)
  • Accelerated Under-Development: In The Idiom Of Santiago Alvarez (1999-2003)
  • Self Portrait: As Conveyed To Customs Officer Desmond On The Occasion Of My Arrest For Traveling To Cuba (1999)

Soon-Mi Yoo

Soon-Mi YooSoon-Mi Yoo works with various media and genres - photography, film, installation and text to explore marginalized histories. Her work has been exhibited at festivals including Oberhausen, Pompidou Center, New York FF, Rotterdam International FF, and Seattle IFF, and galleries across the country, including the International Center of Photography and Boston Center for the Arts. Her films include Pink, Dangerous Supplement, ISAHN, Ssitkim: talking to the dead, Faith, Do Roo (Circling Back).


  • Far From Afghanistan (Segment, "Afghanistan: The Next Generation") (2012)
  • Pink (2011)
  • Dangerous Supplement (2006)
  • Faith (1999)
  • Do Roo (Circling Back) (1994)

Website: www.farfromafghanistan.org

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