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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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2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... Himself
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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Persian | English

Release Date:

16 March 2016 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Land der Erleuchteten See more »

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Budget:

€1,220,000 (estimated)
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Color (Super 16mm)| Color

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1.85 : 1
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Concerto in D for 3 violins
1064: III. Allegro (Johann Sebastian Bach)
(reconstructed from Concerto for 3 harpsichords in C) BWV
Performed by Elizabeth Wallfisch/Pavlo Beznosiuk/Catherine Mackintosh/Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Courtesy of Erato/Warner Classics (P) 1993, Warner Music UK Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company
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Expensive documentary
27 March 2016 | by Cinefill1See 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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