Greetings from Kabul! Woke up to some exciting news that my short film "INSTALL: Sound, Light & Craig Colorusso" will be screening at the Independent Film Festival of Boston on Monday April 29th at 7pm. It's New Years here in Afghanistan so what better way to celebrate than with the knowledge that I'll be returning home at the end of April to a fun weekend of screenings. Thanks to Adam Roffman for the opportunity to screen the film at such a great festival in my own backyard.
|filming at a home in Ethiopia|
The city's elevation of 7,700 feet (Denver, CO is 5,700 feet as a comparison) wreaked havoc on my out of shape physique causing me to bend over in exhaustion at the simplest tasks, like walking up a few flights of stairs. We attended a conference and then spent the majority of our time filming around the city. We are returning in June for the bulk of the filming so after a short week we headed off to our final destination...Kabul, Afghanistan.
I haven't been back to Afghanistan since April 2009. Four years later we've returned to continue filming at the Zabuli school, a girl's school just outside the city. We've spent the first week settling into our new digs in Kabul and reacquainting ourselves with old friends like school founder Razia Jan and headmaster Zia.
|Beth and I at the Darul Aman Palace in Kabul|
We've done some light filming so far with Zia's family and the school principal, but filming will really pick up when the school opens in a few days. For now, we're having a mellow day celebrating the Afghanistan New Year, which according to the Persian calendar makes it 1392. It never ceases to amaze me how life can seem so normal at times in a place where the outside perception screams chaos. It feels good to be back.