Dir: Pieter-Jan De Pue
Country: Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Afghanistan
Official Selection: Sundance
We love documentary and it’s our enormous pleasure to present this outstanding examination of the people surrounded by conflict.
Stunningly photographed in 16mm The Land of the Enlightened follows a group of Afghan children and teenagers in the war torn country.
As American soldiers wait in a remote base and long for home, the Afghan youths survive on their wits by scavenging, stealing and barter, while dreaming of their own futures in the harsh landscape.
A hybrid work that shifts between observational documentary and dramatic re-enactments, the film offers an evocative and poignant portrait of the next generation of Afghans and the land that is their home.
Seven years in the making, The Land of the Enlightened is a remarkable work, that follows survival and youthful resilience in a perpetually war torn landscape that seems raw and barren, divided between mountains, plateaus, fields of poppies and vast skies.