In this extraordinary and unique film, one young boy becomes, over the course of ten years, a young man. It is a common story but this is Afghanistan, one of the most dangerous countries on earth. What makes the story even more remarkable is the humour and adventure that runs through it. Every new challenge is met with a smile.
Few films, if any, have revealed the inner life of an Afghan family and no other film has tracked Afghans from the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001 for a decade. To understand the world, you need to understand Afghanistan. To understand Afghanistan you need to understand the Afghan people. To do that, you need to watch this film.
Catalog Number: MC-1297
DVD Region: 0 (All)
TV System: NTSC
Label: Seventh Art Productions
Rating: Not Rated
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2012-06-01Educational Medial Reviews Online By Brad Eden
Highly Recommended. This film is really part two of a previous film I recently reviewed, The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Baniyan. Whereas the first film follows the boy Mir for one year, this film follows him for ten years, from age eight to age eighteen. Both films examine the life of a boy in Afghanistan on a micro level, and the 30-year wars within Afghanistan on a macro level.
In 2001, the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamiyan, the tallest stone statues in the world. Near these statues lives Mir with his family. They barely eke out an existence, yet amid the devastation and death that has been a part of Afghan life for decades, Mir must find his way through survival and change and awareness into adulthood, and this second film watches him grow and change from a boy into a man. The director shows the meager existence of the Afghan people near and around the destroyed statues, as well as everyday life with Mir and his friends. The change just in appearance and demeanor that Mir goes through as he matures and grows is astounding, as does his hopes and dreams from the first film. Anyone who wants to show how the current and former wars in Afghanistan are affecting its people, needs to see and show this movie. It has won numerous awards, and is a story that truly pulls the heartstrings at all levels.
By The Sunday Times
By Village Voice, New York
Makes you laugh and breaks your heart in equal measure
By The Evening Standard
A film that is simplicity itself yet moving and revealing
By The Independent
This fascinating documentary spans a decade in the life of an irrepressible boy…a portrait of resilience and optimism of young
By LA Times
Mir gets under your skin in ways that are memorable and poignantly real
By Total Film
Keenly observed and totally authentic, this is pioneering stuff
By New Internationalist
revealing, sobering, and memorable
By Santa Barbara Independent
At once intimate and hinting at the spectre of life in that remote global hot zone, Grabsky had plenty of luck on his side, alongside a knack for catching and harnessing the good stuff
By Washington City Paper
It's a side of Afghanistan rarely seen and one framed in a narrative that depicts the strength of the human spirit
By American Film Institute
An Extrodinary documentary, a 'must see' masterpiece
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