Friday, May 22, 2015, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
High Camp in Mountain Village (Telluride Conference Center)
The Symposium is open to all Wilson, Ama Dablam and Patron passholders and includes lunch.
Mountainfilm will explore the politics, people, photography, poetry and more of Afghanistan during its 2015 Moving Mountains Symposium. Speakers will include filmmakers Sebastian Junger, Afghanistan’s first female parliamentarian Fawzia Koofi, war photographer Robert Nickelsberg and more. The idea, Festival Director David Holbrooke said, is to examine more than just the conflicts that have for so long dominated the conversation on Afghanistan: “What we hope to capture is some of the spirit of the people. These are people who have embodied indomitable spirit for so long.”
This year’s symposium speakers will include:
Eliza Griswold, an award-winning writer whose poetry and reportage has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and The Atlantic. Her 2014 book, I Am the Beggar of the World, is a collection of Afghan folk poetry written by women. She spoke at the 2012 Symposium on population.
Massoud Hossaini, a Kabul native and former political activist who got his start photographing Afghan refugees living in Iran. His gut-wrenching photo of a screaming girl in the aftermath of a suicide bombing that killed more than 70 people won him a 2012 Pulitzer Prize. He has covered the war on terrorism since 2007 and is featured in the film Frame by Frame.
Sebastian Junger, an award-winning journalist who made the documentary Restrepo, which chronicles a platoon of U.S. soldiers deployed to Afghanistan’s violence-wracked Korengal Valley. Junger first reported from Afghanistan in 1996 and was one of the last Westerners to accompany legendary guerrilla fighter Ahmed Shah Massoud during his war against the Taliban in the fall of 2000. He followed Restrepo with Which Way is the Front Line From Here? and, most recently, Tell Spring Not to Come This Year.
Fawzia Koofi, an Afghan lawmaker and women’s right’s activist. The nineteenth daughter of a village leader in a rural village, she was left outside to die before her mother had a change of heart. Koofi went on to overcome incredible hardships — including the murders of family members and assassination attempts — to become the first Afghani woman parliament speaker.
Robert Nickelsberg, a photojournalist who has documented Afghanistan since 1988, when he accompanied a group of mujahideen crossing the border from Pakistan. Nickelsberg is the author of Afghanistan – A Distant War, which won the Overseas Press Club’s Olivier Rebbot award.
Farzana Wahidy, the first female Afghan photojournalist to work for an international wire service. After the Taliban took over the country in 1996, Wahidy attended an underground school with other students in Kabul. When the Taliban was ousted, she enrolled in a two-year program with the AINA Photojournalism Institute and began working for Agence-France Presse. She is featured in the film Frame by Frame.
Past Moving Mountains Symposia have focused on energy, water, food, extinction, population, climate solutions and wilderness.
- 2014 Symposium: Wilderness Morning Morning Session / Afternoon Session
- 2013 Symposium: Climate Solutions Morning Session / Afternoon Session
- 2012 Symposium: Population Morning Session / The Great Southwest / Case Studies / Resources Running Out
- 2011 Symposium: Awareness Into Action Morning Session / Youth in Action / DIY in Action / Images Into Action