Interpreters, The Directed
Andrés Caballero and Sofian Khan USA, Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey / 2018 / 96 minutes New York Premiere
Times and Venues:
Bearsville Theater WOODSTOCK
Upstate Films II RHINEBECK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Andrés Caballero
To sign on as an interpreter for the U.S. army in the wake of war in the Middle East is risky business. But the promise of escaping to freedom is a powerful incentive for the three interpreters whose personal stories unfold in this illuminating, provocative, often frustrating, as well as heartwarming film, as they try to rebuild their lives: A chain-smoking Iraqi code-named Phillip Morris, finally coming to the U.S. with the help of an American soldier colleague; Malik, an Afghani, still working as an interpreter at the US base in Kabul, despite threats to his life; and Mujtaba, who fled with his family to Turkey hoping for passage to a better life in Europe. Theirs are the stories that often go unheard, and in a world where it is easy to feel disconnected from war and the human condition, these men remind us what freedom is supposed to look like, and what so many are still deprived of. —Dainara Delija
BIO: Andrés Caballero is a public radio producer, journalist and documentary filmmaker. He produced a series for StoryCorps, recording the stories of military personnel who served in post 9/11 conflicts. Cabellero is a former NPR/Above the Fray fellow, where he reported stories from Cameroon, including the refugee spillover from the Central African Republic. He is a former producer for Latino USA and his stories appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, PBS, and print publications across the U.S.
Sofian Khan is the founder of Capital K Pictures — a New York-based production company focusing on documentary work, where he works as a director, producer and cinematographer. His shorts have appeared on Field of Vision, The Fader, Al Jazeera, PBS, Fusion, The Atlantic and Huffington Post. Currently he is completing his third documentary feature, with the support of ITVS, while producing and developing new narrative and nonfiction projects.
Cast/Featuring: Phillip Morris, Paul Braun, Malik, Mujtaba, George Packer
Executive Producer(s): Carrie Lozano
Producer(s): Sofian Khan, Andrés Caballero, Mark Steele, Simon Taufique
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