Saeed Taji Forouky is one of the three participants currently on Northern Film & Media's The Artist's Cut scheme a unique film commission and development programme designed to nurture bold new voices in narrative film. Saeed's previous work, Tell Spring Not to Come This Year,is being screened as part of BALTIC 39's programme of films by all of The Artist's Cut participants (Sebastian Buerkner, Saeed Taji Farouky and Jessica Sarah Rinland).
Screenings take place 20 April -8th May, everyday Wednesday - Sunday at 12.10 at BALTIC 39
Tell Spring Not to Come This Year follows one unit of the Afghan National Army (ANA) over the course of their first year of fighting in Helmand without NATO support. It is an intimate film about the human side of combat, told from a largely unheard and misrepresented perspective, that explores the deep personal motivations, desires and struggles of a band of fighting men on the frontline. Without a NATO soldier in sight, and no narrative but their own, this is the war in Afghanistan, through the eyes of the Afghans who live it.
The film received its World Premiere at the Berlinale in February 2015 and was awarded the Amnesty International Human Rights award and the Audience Award for best documentary.