The Sundance-winning documentary The Land of The Enlightened will be released in the Irish Film Institute on Friday 11th November. The film’s director Pieter-Jan De Pue will fly into Dublin for a special opening night screening in the IFI where he will take part in a Q&A. Tickets are now on sale through the IFI website http://www.ifi.ie/film/the-land-of-the-enlightened
The visually stunning documentary, which won the Special Jury Award for Cinematography (Documentary) at the world renowned Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, charts the complex Afghani war economy told through the eyes of the children who have found themselves caught up in the on-going American occupation.
A gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine. When not dreaming of the time when American troops finally withdraw from their land, another gang of children keeps tight control on the caravans smuggling the blue gemstones through the arid mountains of Pamir.
The co-production was produced by Morgan Bushe for Irish production company Fastnet Films (with funding from the Irish Film Board) together with Savage Film, Submarine, Eyeworks and Gerbrueder Beetz Produktion.
Find out more about the documentary at www.thelandoftheenlightened.com and book tickets in the IFI at http://www.ifi.ie/film/the-land-of-the-enlightened