The Boy Who Plays On The Buddhas Of Bamiyan

  |  Buy to Own: 20/11/2006
  |  96 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Phil Grabsky directs this portrait of everyday life in modern Afghanistan. Afghanistan has been at war for over 25 years. In March 2001, the ruling Taliban destroyed the tallest stone statues in the world, the 'Buddhas of Bamiyan'. One of the refugees who lives among the ruins is an eight-year-old boy called Mir, and this film explores the lives of him and his family. Through summer, winter and spring it follows Mir's adventures as he gets into the kind of fun and mischief of any eight-year-old boy, against the magnificent backdrop of Bamiyan and its ruined statues. As Mir grows, the adults around him reveal what life has been like over the past two decades, a period in which hundreds of thousands of children like Mir have been killed.