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“… astonishing and beautiful… There seems no better way than this film to see the effects of war and displacement on an ordinary family
- SF Weekly

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For over 25 years, Afghanistan has been at war. Over two million civilians have been killed. In March 2001, the ruling Taliban destroyed the tallest stone statues in the world, the ‘Buddhas of Bamiyan’.  Over the course of a year, this film follows the story of one of the refugees who now lives in a cave among the ruins…an 8-year-old boy called Mir.

“The survival of refugees is matched to stunning landscape photography … haunting.” – Sight and Sound

British film-maker Phil Grabsky travelled alone to central Afghanistan a few months after the fall of the Taliban.  His aim was to produce a cinema film that would explore the lives of ordinary Afghans.  One young boy caught the film-maker’s eye.  Mir is ever-optimistic; a smile always on his face. He is cheeky, inquisitive and full of humour. And yet, when the film starts he is living on bread and water, and owns nothing — not one toy or book.

Through summer, winter and spring we follow Mir’s life — the scrapes, the fun and the naughtiness — against the magnificent backdrop of Bamiyan and its ruined statues. As Mir grows, the adults around him reveal what life has been like over the past two decades, a period in which hundreds of thousands of children like Mir have been killed.

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If you would like to more know about what happened to Mir, a follow-up was made: The Boy Mir – Ten Years in Afghanistan, available from our shop.

Astonishingly intimate…As vivid a portrait of present-day Afghanistan as you will ever see.”
Santa Barbara IFF

Phil Grabsky’s poignant documentary…extraordinary * * * *”
Empire

The survival of refugees is matched to stunning landscape photography … haunting.”
Sight and Sound

“…a compelling documentary… Watching it is a reminder … that you don’t necessarily need massive budgets to be distinctive, public service and engaging. But you do need mavericks who are brave.”
The Guardian

Images of arresting beauty provide the backdrop to this subtle film
The Sunday Telegraph

Poignant and moving, a must see
Sunday Express

Phil Grabsky’s beguiling documentary … a languorously and lovingly told story… enchanting
Independent on Sunday

Memorable
The Times

outstanding documentary
Sunday Times

A lovely, lyrical film
Time Out

[* * * * Unmissable]… “this haunting, poignant and beautiful documentary…A powerful and extraordinary film.” – Daily Mail

“… astonishing and beautiful… There seems no better way than this film to see the effects of war and displacement on an ordinary family
San Francisco

captures the soul of tragedy in the eyes of this spectacular boy ****
Gapers Block, Chicago

“…perfectly captures the joys and innocence of childhood…”
Cinequest

Beautifully photographed…eking character humour from a context that easily might have been portrayed in strictly miserable terms…Grabsky’s often gorgeous colour landscape photography is a major plus, as are Phil Reynolds’ deft editing and Dimitri Tchamouroff’s haunting score.”
Variety

A powerful and extraordinary film
Mail on Sunday

Phil Grabsky’s groundbreaking documentary…poignant and moving…Must see TV
Sunday Express

The film has both a beauty and a sensitivity that is special — particularly in the stunning images of rugged mountains and valleys, used to separate the intensely personal footage…”
International Documentary Magazine

4 Stars …an outstanding achievement.”
AT THE MOVIES, ABC-TV

4 ½ Stars. Intimate… insightful… a unique story of survival.”
THE MOVIE SHOW, SBS-TV

Grabsky’s documentary is tremendously insightful and memorable because of its fine, human scale.”
Vancouver International Film Festival

Winner Grand Jury Prize: Washington DCIFF

Winner: Full Frame Documentary Festival

Winner: Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Runner-up Audience Award: One World Filmfest, Prague

Nomination: Nominated for a oneworld media award