The Land of the Enlightened

Director & writer: Pieter-Jan de Pue. Produced by: Savage Film (BE). Co-producers: Submarine BV (NL), Fastnet Film (IE)

Funding Netherlands Film Fund: Minority co-productions with VAF, .

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. 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.