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The Giant Buddhas (2005)

A filmmaker's investigation into the destruction of giant Buddha statues in Afghanistan.


Christian Frei
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Credited cast:
Taysir Alony Taysir Alony ... Self - Journalist
Sayeed Mirza Hussain Sayeed Mirza Hussain ... Self - Bamiyan Cave Dweller (as Sayyed Mirza Hussain)
Peter Mettler ... Narrator - English version
Nelofer Pazira Nelofer Pazira ... Self - Journalist
Zémaryalaï Tarzi Zémaryalaï Tarzi ... Self - Archaeologist
Xuanzang Xuanzang


A filmmaker's investigation into the destruction of giant Buddha statues in Afghanistan.

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The Giant Buddhas
10 September 2019 | by RaulFerreiraZemSee all my reviews

Alienating film. It has always upset me the way that documentaries have to add some degree of theatrics to themselves, for example, like when they make one person reenact something that did happen. In this film this was particularly off putting. So the scenes where the lady is writing or travelling and gazing at the horizon or something like that , they always feel so forced and uncomfortable. But talking about the most prominent of the film's features i was mildly interested in what it had to say in the beginning but the uncompromising and unclear way that they put some of the issues related to the theme of the movie, namely the multiculturalism and the whole al qaeda conflicts was really unsatisfying. The film makes a big deal out of itself as a political film but, at the same time, refuses to any sort of didacticism. Not only that but the points of view expressed in the film are many times ambiguous and confusing.

So this is a documentary that doesn't really document much as it refuses to explain things, at the same time as it is an art film without much feeling to it. Not feeling it too much but the subject was interesting enough

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Release Date:

3 August 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Im Tal der grossen Buddhas See more »

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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