Land of the Enlightened, The
reż|dir Pieter-Jan De Pue | BE | 2015 | 84 min
prod|pro Bart Van Langendonck scen|wr Pieter-Jan De Pue, David Dusa, Herwig Deweerdt zdj|ph Pieter-Jan De Pue muz|mus Denis Clohessy mon|ed Stijn Deconinck, David Dusa ob|cast Gholam Nasir, Khyrgyz Baj, Noor, Zulfu, Koko Ewas, Koko Mullalih dys|dis Against Gravity
In this seamless blend of fictional and documentary form, we experience a stunning cinematic journey into the beauty of war-tormented Afghanistan. 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.