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Jirga (2018)

| Drama, War | 2019 (USA)
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 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:

2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Afghanistan

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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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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Beautifully crafted thriller; concise, powerful and compelling
27 September 2018 | by andrewbunneySee all my reviews

Set and shot in Afghanistan, Jirga is the story of former Australian soldier, Mike (played brilliantly by Sam Smith), who returns to Afghanistan after three years to find the family of a civilian he accidentally killed during the war. Seeking forgiveness, he gets a driver to take him from Kabul to Taliban held Kandahar where he puts his life in the hands of the village justice system - the Jirga.

Told with the intimacy and realism of a documentary, this is actually a drama set against the background of the immense Afghan landscape; sharp mountains, buttes, stony deserts and dust. But there are also surreal moments in a pristine, blue lake with a pink swan paddle boat. The young Australian is the outsider and definitely no longer in the dominant position he was. It's a measured story of the meeting of cultures and a perspective on Australia's longest war that we have not seen before. The action throws up moral and ethical choices for all, making this beautifully crafted thriller concise, powerful and compelling. The portrayals are rich and the characters are easy to identify with, the camera work superb. Jirga is highly recommended and this week's Movie Of The Week Let's Go To The Pictures Three D Radio, Adelaide


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