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The Land of the Enlightened
© Savage Film Production / Submarine / Fastnet Films / Eyeworks / Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion
  • Belgique, Pays-Bas, Allemagne, Irlande, États-Unis | 2015 | 87 minutes | 16 mm
  • Un film de Pieter-Jan De Pue

Une odyssée à travers l’Afghanistan, guidée par des enfants nés dans la guerre, suivant le cheminement des armements qu’ils recyclent, des lapis-lazuli qu’ils extraient, et de l’opium qu’ils cultivent, reçoivent en paiement ou revendent contre des espèces, qui arment les Talibans et alimentent la guerre.

In this seamless blend of fictional and documentary form, we experience a stunning cinematic journey into the beauty of war-tormented Afghanistan. Shot over five years on evocative 16mm footage, first-time director Pieter-Jan De Pue paints a whimsical yet haunting look at the condition of Afghanistan left for the next generation. As American soldiers prepare to leave, we follow De Pue deep into this hidden land where young boys form wild gangs to control trade routes, sell explosives from mines left over from war, and climb rusting tanks as playgrounds—making the new rules of war based on the harsh landscape left to them.
De Pue’s transportative and wonderfully crafted film confronts the visceral beauty and roughness of survival, serving as a testament to the spirited innovation of childhood and the extreme resilience of a people and country.