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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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sobering & fascinating, 4 September 2006
Author: peter_baldwin10 from United States

i have to disagree with the opinion that "experts" were needed to provide commentary. i valued the opinions of those who were actually living there. they were quite articulate. fascinating film with many striking images/contrasts/gut checks. incredible cinematography and music as well. some of the things that linger:

1. a radio broadcasting news of Britain's troop commitment & 3 billion pounds/(dollars?) in aid toward the removal of saddam hussein in iraq - money that would have gone so much further in afghanistan.

2. mir's father explaining his latest acquisition of food (cow's stomach lining) which he said he picked up from a local butcher who was about to throw it away.

3. an obvious appreciation for the American effort to oust the taliban by the local hazari's.

4. that sickeningly empty feeling when the camera's keep going back to the cavernous areas where the statues once stood.

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