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A group of Afghan kids are playing with and selling old Soviet explosives through the Pamir Mountains in this blend of documentary and fiction.

Seven years in the making and shot in Super 16mm in a war-tormented Afghanistan, THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED is the first feature by  Pieter-Jan De Pue. It adequately juxtaposes real American fighting soldiers  and native children  playing their own war games  in  land mines, with military cartridges and climbing atop rusting tanks.

Apart from a flat and self-explanatory child narrator dreaming of a time when American troops will withdraw,  this is a unique cinematic experience with  remarkable cinematography as one of its highlights.

THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED is a riveting and fanciful look at a young generation surviving in its rocky environment. A remarkable film.


Festival screening:

October 10, 4:00 PM (Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin 10)

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