THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED

Directed by Pieter-Jan De Pue
Documentary | Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Afghanistan | 2015 | English, Persian | English | 87 min




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. In this seamless blend of fictional and documentary form, we experience a stunning cinematic journey into the beauty of war-tormented Afghanistan.