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This film shares the experiences of photojournalist Louie Palu during his coverage of the war in Kandahar, Afghanistan from 2006-2010. Read more

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This film shares the experiences of photojournalist Louie Palu during his coverage of the war in Kandahar, Afghanistan from 2006-2010.

About this project

Louie with Afghan soldiers in Zhari District, Kandahar after covering combat operations in 2007.
Louie with Afghan soldiers in Zhari District, Kandahar after covering combat operations in 2007.

This project has been years in the making starting when Louie Palu covered the war in Afghanistan from 2006-2010, working mostly in the farming communities around Kandahar. This region is highly misunderstood and strategically vital. Through the years covering the frontlines a very complex and personal story came together. This personal narrative is supported by several additional characters in the film who spent numerous combined years in the region and know Kandahar very well. They help paint a portrait of this mysterious region well beyond the bubble of the northern capital of Kabul. 

Louie on patrol with the Afghan Army and 82nd Airborne west of Kandahar City.
Louie on patrol with the Afghan Army and 82nd Airborne west of Kandahar City.

This documentary has been a labor of love for those involved, has been self financed and worked on a volunteer basis to get us to this critical point. We are ready to take the film to the next step and need your help to do it. There are some very big expenses coming up that will need to be addressed and are primarily associated with the post-production process. This will prove to be quite costly for the editing of the film, music scoring, audio mixing, usage rights (as needed), color correction and ability to get the documentary to as many viewers as we can through educational outreach programs, festivals and broadcast.

Louie with Afghan Police after covering fighting in the Arghandab Valley, Kandahar.
Louie with Afghan Police after covering fighting in the Arghandab Valley, Kandahar.

The primary passions driving this independent documentary stem from painful traumatic memories and the lives that were shattered in a war that was seemingly without end. Now today more than ever, we need to examine conflict and the policies driving it. 

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The film will be seen through a photographer’s eye and his reflections. With this documentary film we want to accomplish two things. Firstly, to initiate a provocative dialogue on how war affects human beings through their personal stories. The manner in which we are constructing the storyline is so an audience will experience and feel the character’s journey and discoveries as they do. We want everyone to understand that war is a very personal experience beyond government policy, this is the core thesis of the film. Secondly, to create a historical record of how the war in Kandahar unfolded from a firsthand eyewitness point of view.

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Louie on the frontlines in Kandahar after over 150 medevac missions with the 101st Airborne in 2010.
Louie on the frontlines in Kandahar after over 150 medevac missions with the 101st Airborne in 2010.

 

Risks and challenges

The challenges in completing the project is to ensure that Kandahar Journals will remain very much a unique and vital film that explains a key time in the war. The narrative has many unique personal stories to tell through the video, written journals and photographs that we have access to. The challenge will be combining all our elements in telling one compelling cohesive story that can provoke and entertain the audience. We need a long period of focused time to work on this without distraction.

With a successful Kickstarter campaign we will expand our crew and dive into an intensive post-production phase with the goal of creating a strong rough cut or to even complete the film. Along the entire post-production stage, we will be networking with film distributors and broadcasters to make sure the film has a broad international release.

We believe there will also be more funding required and or support in the future to help with the marketing and promotion of the film. So far we have been able to accomplish a lot with a small amount of money and volunteers. However, we have had a strong and talented creative team come together, which has grown in the last year. Kandahar Journals has also been selected for and put through a workshop and the director, Louie Palu, has been mentored through the DOC Institute Breakthrough Program by dozens of top-level producers and directors who have given feedback and input. The film also has established industry advisors and professionals that bring decades of documentary experience to help push the project forward.

We have started our fundraising on here with a small modest amount of the money that we need to make up part of our full budget. Every bit counts and if we go over our Kickstarter goal we can use all the funding we can get. With your support we can complete this film. Thank you for helping in anyway you can.

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  • We are in negotiations with broadcasters and distributors who have expressed interest in our film and are key to the film's success. Many if not all of them have told us that any free downloads of the film at this early stage would be a deal breaker. So for now we can't offer that as a reward. However, we do have many other great rewards and the satisfaction one would get from supporting a film like ours.

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  • Almost all films have moved to online streaming services and though we intend on potentially producing a DVD, at this early stage we can't promise one will be produced as a reward. Though there are still many great rewards being offered!

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    Limited edition photographic 8.5 x 11 print from Afghanistan body of work signed by Louie Palu.

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    A 20 x 24 inch archival museum quality print from a limited edition from Louie Palu's Afghanistan series. Digital download of bonus scenes not in the feature film. Digital download of limited edition poster + postcard.

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Funding period

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