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The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan -- Filmed over the course of a year, this film follows the story of one nine-year-old boy, and his friends and neighbours, all of whom live in the caves beside the destroyed Buddhas of Bamiyan.

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In 2001, the Taliban government of Afghanistan destroyed the Buddhas of Bamiyan, the world's tallest stone sculptures... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The face of a child teaches a lesson of joy in a world with so much greed. See more (9 total) »

Directed by
Phil Grabsky 
 
Produced by
Amanda Wilkie .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tchamouroff 
 
Cinematography by
Phil Grabsky 
 
Film Editing by
Phil Reynolds 
 
Editorial Department
Peter Lynch .... colorist
 

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  • NHK (2004) (Japan) (TV)

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USA:96 min
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
The face of a child teaches a lesson of joy in a world with so much greed., 19 June 2005
Author: Fred C. Dobbs from Australia

This documentary is about the life of a young boy named Mir in post-Taliban Afghanistan. We follow Mir and his family as they survive over three extreme seasons living in a cave. They shelter from not only from the brutal climate and dust but also manage as they can in the face starvation. Yet amazingly this is not a tale one of gloom but rather one of a normal child. Mir takes life as it comes by finding joy wherever he can. He is full of delight despite his situation and that of those around him.

Through Mir's eyes we see the devastation that poverty and war has has had on its human casualties. The scarcity faced by these people is at times staggering yet the expression of this a child still often leaves the viewer surprisingly uplifted. The real impact of this film however for me was mostly found in post-viewing-reflection. Despite the enormity of poverty depicted here the simple spirit of joy and hope of a child survives - it could not help but make me feel ashamed when thinking how much we in the developed world have, yet such happiness often evades us. This is not a film for those who wish to escape reality. Rather it is a chance to extend your heart to a little boy, his people and indeed remind us that we are in fact all part of one people.

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