The Land of the Enlightened

Directed by Pieter-Jan De Pue

Starring Gholam Nasir, Khyrgyz Baj, Noor and Zulfu

A group of Kuchi children are living in a minefield around Bagram airfield, Afghanistan. They dig out anti-personal mines in order to sell the explosives to child workers mining in a Lappis Lazulli mine. The trajectory of the blue precious stones goes towards Tajikistan and China, through an area controlled by child soldiers. When they are not waging their own mini-wars in the daily madness of life in Afghanistan, the children are fleeing away in their personal fantasies and dreams, while the American soldiers are planning their retreat...

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  • ★★★★ review by Michiel Venmans on Letterboxd

    Pieter-Jan De Pue (aka Godenkind van Stijn Coninckx)

    Gezien in Cinema Ritcs op een trapje.

    Boeiend portret, fantastisch gefotografeerd - ik denk dat de making of van deze documentaire minstens even interessant kan zijn als de film.

  • ★★★★½ review by Arne DL on Letterboxd

    Aangezien half Letterboxd er was:

    u weet zelf waarom hij zo sterk is...

    (is u te beleefd?)

    (waarschijnlijk wel)

    je weet zelf waarom hij zo sterk is...

  • ★★★★★ review by Aaron Salazar on Letterboxd

    I'm shook.

  • ★★★½ review by Bryce Thomas-Hoogland on Letterboxd

    Reminded me of a young Herzog film

  • ★★★★½ review by Jonathan Van Hemelrijck on Letterboxd

    Inspiratie. Inspiratie inspiratie inspiratie. Alles is mogelijk.

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