The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan

TitleThe Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan
Publication TypeFilm
Year Released2004
AuthorsGrabsky P
Running Time96 min.
Date ReleasedNovember 5, 2006

From "The main character in this multi-award-winning feature film is an eight-year-old boy called Mir. He is fun, cheeky, inquisitive, energetic and bright. He also lives in a cave with his family. The film is about Mir s life through three seasons: Summer, Winter, Spring. In post-Taliban Afghanistan, though much has changed and is changing, there is no guarantee that Mir will survive life in a cave - the sickness, dirt, dust, lack of water and lack of food. Yet his engaging story is not one of gloom and doom but that of a normal child who takes life as it comes and finds entertainment wherever he can. His playground is the rubble and tunnels of the destroyed Buddhas of Bamiyan, the shelled and burnt-out town bazaar, the orchard of the local militia. Through his eyes we see the destruction of the town, the ever-present militarization and the welcomed but watched presence of the Americans. Mir has no clue what it is all about but he knows how to have fun."

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