The Land of the Enlightened

Fri 8 July / Town Hall Theatre / 14.002016 / Belguim, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Afghanistan / 87min
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“Hypnotic, playful and chillingly austere, this hybrid documentary blends romance and raw realism.” — Screen Daily

The Land of the Enlightened is a seamless blend of fiction and documentary, in which we experience a stunning cinematic journey into the beauty of war-tormented Afghanistan.

Shot over seven years on evocative 16mm film, first-time director Pieter-Jan De Pue paints a whimsical yet haunting look at the condition of Afghanistan left for the next generation. 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.

Winner: Best Cinematography Award, Sundance FF 2016
Official selection: International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016

Producer Morgan Bushe will attend.

Director Pieter-Jan De Pue
Script Pieter-Jan De Pue, David Dusa
Producers Bart Van Langendonck, Morgan Bushe

Presented in association with Guth Gafa.