Youths wait for customers at a merry-go-round ride on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Photographs by James Longley
December 9, 2014–February 20, 2015

Closing Reception:
Friday, February 20, 2015, 5–8 p.m.

Film Screenings:
Friday, January 16, 2015, 7 p.m. Screening Gaza Strip; Portrait Of Boy With Dog
-To reserve your free tickets via EventBrite, click here. SOLD OUT. A last minute line will be available on a first come/first serve basis for any unclaimed seats.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 7 p.m. Q&A with James Longley to follow. CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.
Screening Iraq in Fragments; Sari’s Mother
-Tickets will be available as of 10am, February 4, 2015. Click here to reserve free tickets.


Jada-e-Maiwand, a vibrant neighborhood near the center of old Kabul, was a scene of fierce fighting and destruction during Afghanistan’s civil war. Twenty years later, the area remains only partially rebuilt: mud-brick homes flank open sewers, market stalls spill over from broad avenues, and winding alleyways reveal blacksmiths, corner grocers, bolani mongers, and bakers impaling warm fish-shaped loaves on nails above their shop windows.

The ordinary limitations of a photograph’s frame hardly do the place justice. In these panoramas, still images are sequenced to create one photograph. Individual vignettes play out across a canvas from left to right in physical and temporal space; each scene is united in a short, thirty-second movie. —James Longley

James Longley is a documentary filmmaker whose works examine the lives of people in conflict zones, mostly in the Middle East and South Asia. Longley’s 2006 film, Iraq in Fragments, offers an intimate view of the early years of the Iraq War through three different points of view. The film won numerous honors, including the grand jury award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in 2006, three jury awards at Sundance and was nominated for an Academy Award. His short, Sari’s Mother (2007), was also nominated for an Academy Award. Longley was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2009 and a USA Ford Fellow in 2011. He is currently at work on a new documentary about a school in Kabul.

Click here to watch a 2010 interview between Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and James Longley, the inaugural Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Filmmaker at Duke University.

The 2015 James Longley Residency is made possible with sponsorship from:
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