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The Land of the Enlightened (2016)

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A gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine. When not dreaming of the time when American troops ... See full summary »

Director:

Pieter-Jan De Pue

Writers:

Pieter-Jan De Pue (script), David Dusa (script) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Gholam Nasir Gholam Nasir
Khyrgyz Baj Khyrgyz Baj
Noor Noor
Zulfu Zulfu
Koko Ewas Koko Ewas
Koko Mullalih Koko Mullalih
Marina Golbahari
Sergei Kovinchenko Sergei Kovinchenko ... Self
Devin A. Cleeves Devin A. Cleeves ... US Soldier
Sohrab Nazari Sohrab Nazari ... Narrator
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A gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine. When not dreaming of the time when American troops finally withdraw from their land, another gang of children keeps tight control on the caravans smuggling the blue gemstones through the arid mountains of Pamir. Written by Bart Van Langendonck@

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Documentary | Drama | War

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Over the Mountains the Helicopters Circle
Performed by Yuri Kirsanov
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In the Land of the Enlightened where truth is found via meta narratives
21 September 2016 | by anadena-28348See all my reviews

In the documentary In The Land of the Enlightened two worlds collide visually, technically and spiritually. This is a hybrid documentary, meaning some shots were staged while others focus on the environment of Afghanistan and its people through an observational style. The cast, if you may call it that, are all real people. Some of the action scenes are rehearsed and others are presented as they happen. The blur between fiction and non-fiction is intentional, as Belgium Director and Photographer Pieter-Jan De Pue takes on a non-traditional view of how to craft a true story, with imagines elements that respond to a lived experience of Afghanistan, rather than real-life depictions. Shot over seven years, the documentary focuses on the lives of a group of children who are also fighters. Their lives are all about survival and war in the mountains of Afghanistan. Read more here: https://indieethos.com/2016/09/02/in-the-land-of-the- enlightened/


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Language:

Persian | English

Release Date:

16 March 2016 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Land der Erleuchteten See more »

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Budget:

EUR1,220,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$609
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Color (Super 16mm)| Color

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1.85 : 1
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