The Land of the Enlightened (2016)

Directed by: Pieter-Jan De Pue

A gang of Afghan children from the nomad Kuchi tribe dig out soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in lapis lazuli mines. Meanwhile, another gang of children waylay caravans smuggling blue gemstones through the mountains of Pamir. De Pue's hybrid fictional-documentary film makes us experience a journey into a beautiful war-torn Afghanistan, where old myths and fables shed light on the paradoxical beauty and roughness of survival. By giving the voice to children, De Pue offers a look at the uncertain future of Afghanistan for the next generation, but most importantly witnesses the resilience of the Afghan people, and finally raises questions on the presence of American troops, hidden in mountains, and how they interact with the locals.

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