Peter Bussian

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Peter Bussian is an American independent filmmaker, photographer and visual media consultant who is known mainly for his work with refugees and other international development issues.[1] He has received awards for his photographs from the International Photography Awards (Lucies) and Interaction.[2]

Bussian has held several photographic exhibitions, including "The Afghans: Pictures of Resilience 2001 - 2011", which was exhibited at Gallery 169[3] and Sharq Gallery,[4] both in Los Angeles. The exhibit was also on display at the Council on Foreign Relations[5] in New York throughout 2012. He is the author and photographer of the book "Passage to Afghanistan" (Skyhorse, 2016).[6]

Bussian played the lead role in Afghan Director Siddiq Barmak's film, Opium War, which was Afghanistan's official submission to the 2009 Academy Awards and won several film festival awards, including the Golden Marc’Aurelio Critics’ Award for Best Film at the Rome Film Festival.[7]

Bussian is currently developing several independent feature film projects, including Scarlet Poppy,[8] an authentic love story set in Afghanistan. The project has been featured at the Busan International Film Festival,[9] International Film Festival of India,[10] the Independent Filmmaker Project "No Borders"[11] and the Dubai International Film Festival[12]


  1. ^ "Postcard from Sudan :: Sunday Nights". Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  2. ^ "coffeetable_book_FINAL.indd" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  3. ^ "Peter Bussian — gallery169". Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Venues". Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  6. ^ "Passage to Afghanistan". 2016-11-29. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  7. ^ Jennings, Sheri (2008-11-03). "Opium War and Resolution 819 win best film awards at Rome International Film Festival | News | Screen". Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  8. ^ "Scarlet Poppy". Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  9. ^ "Asian Project Market". 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-07-21. Retrieved 2013-06-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Independent Filmmaker Project". Retrieved 2017-03-23.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-31. Retrieved 2013-06-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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