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Son of a Lion (2007)

11 year old Niaz's father has been a Pashtun on jihad in Afghanistan. Back in Darra in NWFP of Pakistan, where guns and hashish are common, he wants Niaz to learn to shoot and work in his gun workshop, while Niaz wants to go to school.

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Credited cast:
Niaz Khan Shinwari ...
Naiz Afridi the son
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Baktiyar Ahmed Afridi ...
Baktiyar Afridi the uncle
Mubasir Afridi ...
Rabab player
Mohamed Aziz ...
Henchboy / Shell-catching boy
Fazal Bibi ...
Grandma
Sher Khan Kalamu Dacoit ...
Madman
Gul Ghamir ...
Shell-catching boy
Akhtar Gul ...
Nut Seller
Noor Gul ...
Arms Dealer
Noor Habib ...
Local man
Mohamed Ismail ...
PCO Operator
Agha Jaan ...
Agha Jaan
Johnny Jahanzeb ...
Second Opinion Dentist
Khalid Khan ...
Dentist
Meera Hayat Khan ...
Anousha's sister
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11 year old Niaz's father has been a Pashtun on jihad in Afghanistan. Back in Darra in NWFP of Pakistan, where guns and hashish are common, he wants Niaz to learn to shoot and work in his gun workshop, while Niaz wants to go to school.

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6 November 2009 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Der Sohn des Waffenmachers  »

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Referenced in At the Movies: Summer Special 2008/09 (2008) See more »

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excellent look at NW Pakistan
8 June 2014 | by (Peru) – See all my reviews

Excellent look into Pashtun society...considering it cost under $5000 to make and was filmed secretly with non professional actors makes it even more amazing.

I have seen a couple of this type film that bog down from too complex a story or too many demands and overexposure of the nonprofessional "actors". This one does not....the boy does a good job the extras and other characters have short direct dialogue that avoid this fate and the action moves along at a decent pace.

The maker of the film Gilmour abandoned the original script as the locals thought it stupid---thank heavens probably.

What it really shows is what life is like in a part of the world you would never be able to see.

It also humanizes the Taliban and Mujaheddin and makes you wonder what we (US) are doing there and why---in a real life non moralizing way.

Highly recommend.


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