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One Bullet won BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY at the Galway Film Fleadh!

May 17, 2023

“The creative staff and the support staff at OnSight is world class. The documentary I made had footage spanning nearly 18 years of technology and an equally wide ranging skill set of the shooters. Andy gave it a look throughout, an aesthetic cohesion that I did not think was possible. It is one thing to make the good look great, but to make the bad, the good and the great look like they all belong in the same movie is quite something.” – Carol Dysinger, Director

One Bullet tells an epic story on an intimate, human scale. Two decades of war through one bullet, one death, one Afghan mother. This incredible documentary had its world premiere at Doc Edge in New Zealand this year. It has also just won BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY at the Galway Film Fleadh!

Director Carol Dysinger is an multi award-winning director, filmmaker, artist, and educator, and also acts as Co-Cinematographer and Producer on One Bullet. Dysinger’s work is defined by a counter-narrative lens to traditional stories of conflict. Her team also consists of Producers Su Kim, Ashim Bhalla, and Jesper Jack, Primary Editor Steen Johannessen, Co-Cinematographer Kristen Johnson, Executive Producer Jeff Wolk, Co-Producer Tamana Ayazi, and Associate Producer Javed Rezayee.

We are very proud to have worked on this important and inspiring film, completing Picture Post. The film was entirely shot on mini handheld domestic cameras and needed a lot of post work to get it up to film release standard. We carried out the conform to original rushes, image processing, and treatment including colour grade and fixing image defects. This was performed by our Senior Colourist Andy Lee, and was overseen by Post Producer Jade Townsend. 

‘This story of intimate female friendship forged amidst America’s longest war is told by a filmmaker who spent fifteen years in and out of Afghanistan.

The battlefield lies behind the curtains of an Afghan home as Bibi Hajji struggles to survive the loss of her youngest child and the impact of a brother’s death on her remaining sons. A haunting image of that boy surviving a bullet wound prompted Director Carol Dysinger to investigate, what happened to him, who fired the shot?

One Bullet evolves from procedural to an excavation of the human experience, of loss and redemption. It asks: how might we make peace across vast social, cultural and religious divisions? One cup of tea at a time.’

One Bullet is rich in its exploration of human character; it’s devastating and charming, blunt in its display of suffering and survival. Fahim’s story, and that of his family, is told with honest, affectionate care – the result is an eye-opening, educational, superbly told documentation of one family in the shadow of the enormity of war. Coupled with the friendship between Carol and Bibi that grows with the film, there is a sincere message of love, hope, strength, and overcoming, in stark contrast to the profound grief and raw anger expressed.