Land of the Enlightened, The


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.

2016 Sundance Film Festival – Cinematography Award in the World Cinema – Documentary competition

Pieter-Jan De Pue (1982) Independent filmmaker and photographer who graduated from the film academy RITS in Brussels. While been directing commercials, he was concentrating on his first full documentary, “The Land of the Enlightened”. In view of this film he has been traveling for long periods of time to Afghanistan, photographing the country and its people for organizations such as the International Red Cross, Caritas International, UN and international demining organizations.

© Festiwal Filmu i Sztuki Dwa Brzegi Kazimierz Dolny Janowiec nad Wisłą
Projekt i realizacja: Tomasz Żewłakow