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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 »

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2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Gholam Nasir
Khyrgyz Baj
Noor
Zulfu
Koko Ewas
Koko Mullalih
Sergei Kovinchenko ... Himself
Devin A. Cleeves ... US Soldier
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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16 March 2016 (Belgium)  »

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Das Land der Erleuchteten  »

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€1,220,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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The Sea
Composed by Walter Hus
Courtesy of Walter Hus (2015)
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Expensive documentary
27 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

-In this seamless blend of fictional and documentary form, we experience a stunning cinematic journey into the beauty of war-tormented Afghanistan. Shot over seven years on evocative 16mm footage, first-time director Pieter-Jan De Pue paints a whimsical yet haunting look at the condition of Afghanistan left for the next generation. As American soldiers prepare to leave, we follow De Pue deep into this hidden land where young boys form wild gangs to control trade routes, sell explosives from mines left over from war, and climb rusting tanks as playgrounds-making the new rules of war based on the harsh landscape left to them. De Pue's transportative and wonderfully crafted film confronts the visceral beauty and roughness of survival, serving as a testament to the spirited innovation of childhood and the extreme resilience of a people and country. - Sundance Film Festival Credits ***The fact that it took 7 years in order to film this documentary explains many why this documentary went so much higher than the initial budjet, but that a great deal of money would be assumed for the images showed raises objection.***


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