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Fixer : the taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi

Author: Nancy RothIan OldsChristian ParentiAjmal NaqshbandiSubdivision Productions.All authors
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Cinema Guild, [2009]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines the life and death of Ajmal Naqshbandi, held hostage in Afghanistan with journalist Christian Parenti, while Ajmal was working as Christian's "fixer". The documentary details the hazards of the fixer's job, which involves translation, providing transport, arranging meetings with local sources, and alerting the fixer's employer to various dangers. After Ajmal is captured with Christian by local Talibas  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Interviews
Named Person: Ajmal Naqshbandi; Christian Parenti; Christian Parenti
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Roth; Ian Olds; Christian Parenti; Ajmal Naqshbandi; Subdivision Productions.; Cinema Guild.
ISBN: 0781513286 9780781513289
OCLC Number: 463490908
Language Note: In English, Italian, Pashto and Persian, with English subtitles in yellow.
Notes: Title from title screen.
"In memory of Garrett Scott"--Opening slate.
Originally released in 2009; copyright held by G Films LLC.
Broadcast on HBO, Aug. 17, 2009.
Credits: Photographed and edited by Ian Olds ; interviews and additional photography by Christian Parenti ; original music, Growing.
Description: 1 videodisc (84 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD-R; All regions.
Other Titles: Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi
Responsibility: Subdivision Productions presents ; a documentary by Ian Olds ; directed by Ian Olds ; produced by Nancy Roth ; produced by Christian Parenti and Ian Olds.
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Examines the life and death of Ajmal Naqshbandi, held hostage in Afghanistan with journalist Christian Parenti, while Ajmal was working as Christian's "fixer". The documentary details the hazards of the fixer's job, which involves translation, providing transport, arranging meetings with local sources, and alerting the fixer's employer to various dangers. After Ajmal is captured with Christian by local Talibas forces, Parenti is eventually released, while Ajmal is forced to stay. Accompanying these events, the film explores the botched hostage negotiation, government corruption, and the relationship between journalists and their translators.

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Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi

(EMRO user published 2010-02-22 ) Very Good Permalink
“Fixer” is a term used in journalism to describe the individuals who open doors for journalists on overseas assignments, especially war correspondents. They often also serve as translators and sources of information on local opinion and culture. Ajmal Naqshbandi was such a person in Afghanistan....
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