Podcast Interview: Pieter-Jan De Pue, director of ‘The Land of the Enlightened’



Stephen Porzio talks to Pieter-Jan De Pue, the director of the Irish co-production The Land of the Enlightened. 

A  group of  Kuchi  children  are  living  in  a  minefield  around  Bagram  airfield,  Afghanistan.  They dig out old Soviet  landmines  in order to sell the explosives to child workers in the  Lapis  Lazuli mine.  Meanwhile  Gholam  Nasir  and  his  gang  control  the  mountains  where  caravans  are smuggling the blue gem stones to the border of Tajikistan and Pakistan.

When Gholam’s gang is not  guiding  the  caravans  over  the  frozen  rivers,  they  dream about  Afghanistan  after  the withdrawal of the Americans. Some of them will grow up as soldiers, others will remain with the caravans.

But  Gholam  dreams  about  marrying  and  living  with  his queen  in  the  palace  in  Kabul.  Will Afghanistan have a new king after the foreigners will have returned home?

The co-production was produced by Morgan Bushe for Irish production company Fastnet Films together with Savage Film, Submarine, Eyeworks and Gerbrueder Beetz Produktion.

Find out more about the documentary at www.thelandoftheenlightened.com




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