An intimate portrait of a poor boy's progress towards manhood in a troubled country.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The stark mountainous beauty that framed the Buddhas remains a terrific backdrop for Grabsky's doc.
| Original Score: 4/5
It's overlong and not incredibly enlightening, but it's compassionate enough to hold the attention.
| Original Score: 3/5
A film that is simplicity itself yet moving and revealing.
What emerges is an unadorned chronicle of grinding poverty...
As enjoyable as 10 years in wartorn Afghanistan can be.
Mir gets under your skin in ways that are memorable and poignantly real.
Conveys an understanding of Afghan culture better than anything we've seen yet. Well worth its ninety minute screen time, and a lot more.
If you've seen the first film, you'll want to come back to see Mir's progress through life. And no matter what happens, it seems, the smile remains.
[Offers] an interesting peek at everyday rural Afghan life in circumstances still unstable but past immediate crisis