FIXER: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi is a feature-length documentary that follows the relationship between an Afghan interpreter and his client, American journalist Christian Parenti. This intimate portrait of two colleagues shifts dramatically when Ajmal is kidnapped along with an Italian reporter.
The situation goes from bad to worse as foreign powers pressure for fast results, the Afghan government bungles its response and the specter of Taliban power looms in the background. What follows is the tragic story of one man forgotten in the crossfire: a brutal allegory of the proud land and perilous misadventure that is Afghanistan.
“This work is very dangerous, I bring one enemy to meet another.”—Ajmal Naqshbandi
Winner Best New Documentary Filmmaker—TRIBECA Film Festival
Winner Jury Prize—DOCUMENTA MADRID
Winner Jury Prize—PESARO Film Festival
Official Selection—HOTDOCS Film Festival