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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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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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A great documentary!, 10 April 2005
Author: t_eddytorres from Atwater, California, USA

This film is about a refugee family, specifically an 8 year old boy named Mir, living in the cave "ruins of Afghanistan's Buddhas of Bamiyan." Like most boys his age he is full of life. He lives a tough life, but knows nothing else. He plays, smiles, laughs, cries, pouts, and everything else young boys do. This film gives a view of Afghanistan I never imagined and certainly not displayed in the United States media. The film itself gives a first person view of the situation many Afghans are experiencing.

I watched this film over a year ago at the 5th Annual DC Independent Film Festival. It was the final of about 8 films that night. Listening to Phil Grabsky speak after the screening gave insight to both the film and his experience in Afghanistan.

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