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The Land of the Enlightened (2016)

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As the American military presence withdraws from Afghanistan, a cluster of unsupervised tribal children led by Gholam (Gholam Nasir) eke out a perilous existence unearthing live land mines to sell to other children toiling in lapis lazuli mines.

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This is a visually stunning film that raises questions about what's next for Afghanistan, but the lack of a cohesive narrative makes it hard to care.

February 8, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A unique, stunning window to an extreme world.

December 28, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's remarkable that the film was made at all. If only it had been made a little better.

December 28, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It is rather style over substance, and raises more questions than it answers.

November 14, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Made over seven years, The Land of the Enlightened is an earnest, if woolly headed, docudrama from the Belgian photographer Pieter-Jan De Pue.

October 10, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Possibly the only film in which you can witness a tube of lapis lazuli being rammed up a donkey's arse.

September 9, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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