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Jirga (2018)

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Former Australian soldier, Mike Wheeler, returns to Afghanistan, seeking redemption from the family of a civilian man he killed during the war.

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Benjamin Gilmour
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Smith ... Mike Wheeler
Mohammad Mosam Mohammad Mosam ... Dress Shop Owner
Kefayat Lag Humani Kefayat Lag Humani ... Antiques Dealer
Naqibullah Khan Shinwari Naqibullah Khan Shinwari ... Hotel Receptionist
Sharif Ullah Sharif Ullah ... Bell Boy
Muhammad Shah Majroh Muhammad Shah Majroh ... Colonel Rafiq
Sher Alam Miskeen Ustad Sher Alam Miskeen Ustad ... Taxi Driver
Samad Khan Samad Khan ... Roadblock Taliban
Amir Shah Talash Amir Shah Talash ... Amir Tailbani
Janaat Gul Mastana Janaat Gul Mastana ... Militant #1
Sadar Khan Sadar Khan ... Militant #2
Waseem Arman Waseem Arman ... Young Militant
Basheer Safi Basheer Safi ... Sher Khan
Mukhtar Serat Mukhtar Serat ... Hostage #1
Waris Khan Waris Khan ... Hostage #2
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Former Australian soldier, Mike Wheeler, returns to Afghanistan, seeking redemption from the family of a civilian man he killed during the war.

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Drama | War

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Pushto

Release Date:

25 April 2019 (Kuwait) See more »

Filming Locations:

Afghanistan

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Official submission of Australia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. See more »

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A great journey through an amazing country
25 October 2018 | by marklear-1See all my reviews

Before seeing this film, I heard that it had an interesting history. It was to be shot in Pakistan, because Afghanistan was considered too dangerous. However, the director was not allowed to make it in Pakistan, so he sent most of his crew home, and just a few hardy folks went with him into Afghanistan itself, because he did not want the whole project to be wasted. As a viewer, I was very pleased indeed with the result, but quite nervous along the journey that's for sure. He had a mission to accomplish, and we watch as his perceptions of the country change, and, as the film progresses, we all begin to see what these people actually consider to be important. He has to adjust (and does so) in order to have any likelihood of succeeding. Watching this gradual realization of what he must do is fascinating. The mix of people, both old and young, is very engaging, and we also try to work out how we would interact with these people in the situations encountered. The towns and countryside of Afghanistan also play a vital role in the story, much of it being mountainous desert. So the film has a great mix of tense relationships, coping with a foreign culture and an unforgiving environment, handled with skill and a lightness of touch. Definitely worth the journey.


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