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In this seamless blend of fictional and documentary form, we experience a stunning cinematic journey into the beauty of war-tormented Afghanistan. Shot over seven years on evocative 16mm footage, 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.  De Pue's transportative and wonderfully crafted film confronts the visceral beauty and roughness of survival, serving as a testament to the spirited innovation of childhood and the extreme resilience of a people and country.  - Sundance Film Festival Credits


Director & writer: Pieter-Jan De Pue
Producer: Bart Van Langendonck - SAVAGE FILM (BE)
Co-producers: Femke Wolting - SUBMARINE (NL), Morgan Bushe - FASTNET FILMS (IR), EYEWORKS (BE), Christian Beetz - GEBRUEDER BEETZ PRODUKTION (DE)
Cinematography: Pieter-Jan De Pue
With the support of: Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Dutch Film Fund (NFF), Centre du Cinéma et de l'audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles et de Voo, Belgian Development Cooperation - DGD, Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Irish Film Board, Media Development Program of the E.U., Belgian tax shelter for film financing, Canvas, IKON, Telenet/Prime and ZDF-Arte.
With the assistance of: the Belgian Embassies in Kabul and Kiev, the Belgian Vice-Prime Minister and Defense Minister Pieter De Crem.

image co funded by the creative europe media programme of the european union flag


March 16, 2016 (Belgium)

Festivals & Awards

Sundance Film Festival (USA, 2016) - Special Jury Award for Cinematography
International Film Festival Rotterdam (The Netherlands, 2016)
Berlinale (Germany, 2016)
Hot Docs International Film Festival (Canada, 2016)
True/False Festival (USA, 2016)
Hong Kong International Film Festival (China, 2016)
Visions du Réel (Suisse, 2016)
Documenta International Film Festival (Spain, 2016) - Special Jury Award
Festival de Cannes (France, 2016)
Docaviv (Israel, 2016) - Artistic Vision Award
Valletta Film Festival (Malta, 2016)
Biografilm (Italy, 2016)
Tarkovsky Fest (Russia, 2016) - Audiance Award + Professional Achievement
Art Film Fest Kosice (Slovakia, 2016)
Cinema City (Serbia, 2016)
New Horizons Film Festival (Poland, 2016) 
Ambulante (Mexico, 2016)
Docville (Belgium, 2016)
Documentary Edge Festival (New Zealand, 2016)
Transilvania International Film Festival (Romania, 2016)
Sydney International Film Festival (Australia, 2016)
Sheffield Doc Fest (UK, 2016)
AFI Docs (USA, 2016) 
Filmfest München (Germany, 2016)
Transatlantyk Film Festival (Poland, 2016)
Taipei International Film Festival (Taiwan, 2016)
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic, 2016)
Golden Apricot (Armenia, 2016)
Odessa International Film Festival (Ukrain, 2016)
New Horizons Film Festival (Poland, 2016)
Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia, 2016)
Lemesos International Documentary Festival (Cyprus, 2016)
DokuFest (Kosovo, 2016)
Lima Film Festival (Peru, 2016)
Anonimul International Film Festival (Romania, 2016)
Ambulante (Colombia, 2016)
Neue Heimat Film (Germany, 2016)
Manaki Brothers (Macedonia, 2016)
Batumi Film Festival (Georgia, 2016)
Bergen International Film Festival (Norway, 2016)
DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (South Korea, 2016)
War On Screen (France, 2016)
Festival Du Nouveau Cinema (Canada, 2016)
Films from the South (Norway, 2016)
Cologne Film Festival (Germany, 2016) - Phoenix Award
Unabhaengiges FilmFest (Geramany, 2016)
International Film Festival of Cutitiba Biennal (Brazil, 2016)
Mumbai Film Festival (India, 2016)
Scanorama International Film Festival (Lithuania, 2016)
Panorama of the European Film (Egypt, 2016)
Minsk Listapad (Belarus, 2016)
Braunschweig International Film Festival (Germany, 2016)
Mannheim-Heielberg Film Festival (Germany, 2016)
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia, 2016)
Costa Rica International Film Festival (Costa Rica, 2016)
Autrans International Mountain Film Festival (France, 2016)
This Human World (Austria, 2016)
Olympia International Film Festival (Greece, 2016)
Iran International Film Festival (Iran, 2016)
European Film Awards (Poland, 2016)
Movies That Matter Festival (The Netherlands, 2016)
Zagrebdox (Croatia, 2017)
Tempo Festival (Sweden, 2017)
Eastdoc Platform (Czech Republic, 2017)
Sofia International Film Festival (Bulgaria, 2017) 





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