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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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Their battleground is his playground
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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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

  • NHK (2004) (Japan) (TV)

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USA:96 min

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Very special documentary - highly recommended, 24 July 2005
Author: frydenberg-geo from Norway

After being bombarded from day to day by media one would expect to be immune to feeling sorry for war-victims.

This film, however, is able to cut through the urban shield and really make an impact in how you think about the afghan people. As many others have commented, this film is true art because it is an mirror, you see your self, your friends and community reflected in the film. It is seldom you see a film that make you wanna learn more about the faith of the people in the film. Highly recommended to everyone in a time where Afghanistan is about to drown in other disasters around the world.

It is also difficult not to feel ashamed about the complaints people make in our part of the world when you see the joy and happiness of those deprived of everything.

( National Geographic Channel is showing the film in its No Borders Series this summer of 2005 )

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