The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan
Description: The film is about an eight-year-old boy, Mir and his life through three seasons: Summer, Winter, Spring. He lives in a cave and owns virtually nothing. But in post-Taliban Afghanistan, 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's all about, but he knows how to have fun.
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