The Land of the Enlightened

A gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine. When not dreaming of the time when American troops finally withdraw from their land, another gang of children keeps tight control on the caravans smuggling the blue gemstones through the arid mountains of Pamir.

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  • 11/2016 - THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED nominated for European Film Award

    THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED is nominated for the European Film Award in the category European Documentary 2016. This was announced [...]

    THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED is nominated for the European Film Award in the category European Documentary 2016. This was announced at the Seville European Film Festival. The 29th ceremony of the European Film Awards will take place on 10th December in Wroclaw (Breslau), Poland. THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED will be released in German cinemas 8th December 2016!      

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  • 10/2016 - Phoenix Award and German Cinema Release THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED

    Director Pieter-Jan De Pue will receive the phoenix award at the Film Festival Cologne for THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED. The [...]

    Director Pieter-Jan De Pue will receive the phoenix award at the Film Festival Cologne for THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED. The award is handed out by the German news broadcaster phoenix and honors an internationally inspiring artist from the film and television industry. Last year, Joshua Oppenheimer received the award. On December 8th, our hybrid feature documentary THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED will have it's German cinema release. The film is about a gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine. When not dreaming of the time when American troops finally withdraw from their land, another gang of children keeps tight control on the caravans smuggling the blue gemstones through the arid mountains of Pamir.    

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  • 08/2016 - Audience Awards for THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED in Romania and Russia

    Our Coproduction THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED (director: Pieter-Jan De Pue) has won Audience Awards at Anonimul International Film Festival [...]

    Our Coproduction THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED (director: Pieter-Jan De Pue) has won Audience Awards at Anonimul International Film Festival in Romania and Tarkovskyfest in Russia. 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. The film has received the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Best Cinematography at Sundance Film Festival 2016.

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The Land of the Enlightened

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. As American soldiers prepare to leave, we follow De Pue deep into this hidden land where young boys form wild gangs to control trade routes, sell explosives from mines left over from war, and climb rusting tanks as playgrounds—making the new rules of war based on the harsh landscape left to them.

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.

Sundance Film Festival

 

Script: Pieter-Jan De Pue, David Dusa
Director: Pieter-Jan De Pue
Director of Photography: Pieter-Jan De Pue
Editors: David Dusa, Stijn Deconinck
Music: Denis Clohessy
Sounddesign: Robert Flanagan
Executive Producer: Bart Van Langendonck (Savage Film)
Coproducers: Christian Beetz, Morgan Bushe, Femke Wolting, Bruno Felix
Line Producers: Kathrin Isberner, Xavier Rombaut, Tatjana Kozar
Production Accountancy: Sandra Zentgraf, Christophe Sorgeloos, Sue Henderson, Mieke Hupkes
Creative Producer Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion: Kerstin Meyer-Beetz
Junior Producer Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion: Lea-Marie Körner
Production Assistants: Anique Roelfsema,Caroline Schaper, Tatjana Kozar (Savage Film)
Coproducer: Savage Film (Belgiun), Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion (Germany), Fastnet Films (Ireland), Submarine (Netherlands)

With:
Gholam Nasir
Khyrgyz Baj
Noor & Zulfu
Koko Ewas
Koko Mullalih
Marina Golbahari
Sergei Kovinchenko
Devin A. Cleeves, U.S. Soldier

Children of Argo, Badhakshan
Children of Ladjewarsho, Badhakshan
Children of Pamir, Badhakshan
Villagers of Sarhad de Broughil, Pamir, Badhakshan
Children of Nichigam, Kunar
Children of Qala e Fatuh, Kabul
Children of Sudgul, Nuristan
Children of Zurabad, Bagram

  • The Land of the Enlightened

    World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival - Park City, Utah
    16 January 2016 at 6:00 pm

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    Sundance Film Festival, Broadway Centre Cinema 3 - Salt Lake City
    25 January 2016 at 6:45 pm

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    Sundance Film Festival, Redstone Cinema 2 - Park City, Utah
    26 January 2016 at 4:00 pm

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    Pathé 4 - International Film Festival Rotterdam
    02 February 2016 at 7:45 pm

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    Pathé 6 - International Film Festival Rotterdam
    03 February 2016 at 3:15 pm

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    Pathé 5 - International Film Festival Rotterdam
    04 February 2016 at 12:45 pm

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    LantarenVenster 3 - International Film Festival Rotterdam
    05 February 2016 at 6:00 pm

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    Pathé 6 - International Film Festival Rotterdam
    06 February 2016 at 6:30 pm

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    True/False Film Fest, The Picturehouse - Columbia, Missouri
    03 March 2016 at 9:45 pm

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    True/False Film Fest, The Vimeo Theater at The Blue Note - Columbia, Missouri
    04 March 2016 at 4:30 pm

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    True/False Film Fest, Rhynsburger Theatre - Columbia, Missouri
    05 March 2016 at 9:30 am

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    BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Hall M - Brussels
    06 March 2016 at 8:00 pm

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    Hong Kong International Film Festival - UA Cine Moko
    31 March 2016 at 7:45 pm

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    Hong Kong International Film Festival - UA Cine Moko
    02 April 2016 at 2:30 pm

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    Hong Kong International Film Festival - UA Cityplaza
    05 April 2016 at 9:45 pm

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    Visions du Réel - Nyon, Switzerland - Théâtre de Marens
    17 April 2016 at 6:30 pm

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    Visions du Réel - Nyon, Switzerland - Théâtre de Grand-Champ
    18 April 2016 at 8:15 pm

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    DOCUMENTAMADRID I international documentary film festival - CINETECA - SALA AZCONA
    28 April 2016 at 8:00 pm

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    DOCUMENTAMADRID I international documentary film festival - CINETECA - SALA AZCONA
    29 April 2016 at 4:00 pm

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    Hot Docs - Toronto, Canada - TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
    02 May 2016 at 3:45 pm

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    Hot Docs - Toronto, Canada - TIFF Bell Lightbox 4
    04 May 2016 at 12:30 pm

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    Docville Documentary Film Festival - Leuven, Belgium
    06 May 2016 at 6:30 pm

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    Hot Docs - Toronto, Canada - TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
    06 May 2016 at 9:15 pm

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    Against Gravity Film Festival - Warsaw, Poland
    18 May 2016 at 8:30 pm

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    Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival - Tel Aviv, Israel
    20 May 2016 at 4:30 pm

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    Against Gravity Film Festival - Warsaw, Poland
    21 May 2016 at 4:30 pm

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    Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival - Tel Aviv, Israel
    22 May 2016 at 4:15 pm

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    Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival - Tel Aviv, Israel
    28 May 2016 at 3:30 pm

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    Sheffield Doc/Fest I UK - Curzon Screen 1
    11 June 2016 at 5:30 pm

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    Sheffield Doc/Fest I UK - Beijing Showroom 1
    15 June 2016 at 10:00 am

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    Tarkovsky Fest - Plyos, Russia
    16 June 2016 at 10:00 am

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    Tarkovsky Fest - Plyos, Russia
    17 June 2016 at 2:00 pm

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    Biografilm Festival - Bologna, Italy
    10 June 2016 – 20 June 2016

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    Munich International Film festival - City Kinos
    27 June 2016 at 2:30 pm

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    Munich International Film festival - City Kinos
    30 June 2016 at 12:15 pm

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    Munich International Film festival - City Kinos
    01 July 2016 at 10:00 pm

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    Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic - Cinema B
    02 July 2016 at 2:00 pm

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    Munich International Film festival - Münchner Freiheit Kino
    02 July 2016 at 5:30 pm

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    Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic - Congress Hall
    04 July 2016 at 7:00 pm

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    Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic - Lazne III Cinema
    07 July 2016 at 10:30 am

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    Taipei Film Festival, Taiwan - Spot Huashan Cinema
    07 July 2016 at 2:10 pm

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    Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic - Cinema B
    09 July 2016 at 8:00 pm

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    The Revelation Perth International Film Festival - Luna Leederville
    09 July 2016 at 9:00 pm

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    Taipei Film Festival, Taiwan - Shin Kong Cineplex
    09 July 2016 at 10:20 pm

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    Golden Apricot International Film Festival - Yerevan, Armenia
    12 July 2016 at 10:00 am

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    Taipei Film Festival, Taiwan - Shin Kong Cineplex
    12 July 2016 at 12:10 pm

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    Golden Apricot International Film Festival - Yerevan, Armenia
    12 July 2016 at 6:00 pm

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    The Revelation Perth International Film Festival - SX
    16 July 2016 at 8:45 pm

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    Odessa International Film Festival - Odessa, Ukraine
    19 July 2016 at 9:30 pm

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    Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) - Melbourne, Australia
    01 August 2016 at 6:30 pm

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    Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) - Melbourne, Australia
    13 August 2016 at 6:30 pm

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    Neue Heimat Film Festival - Burg Klempenow
    28 August 2016 at 8:00 pm

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    Film Festival Cologne - Germany
    08 October 2016 at 9:15 pm

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    Film Festival Cologne - Cologne
    13 October 2016 at 6:30 pm

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    Panorama of the European Film - Kairo - Karim Cinema
    09 November 2016 at 3:30 pm

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    Panorama of the European Film - Kairo - Zawya Cinema
    11 November 2016 at 10:30 am

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    International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg - Kino im Stadthaus I
    11 November 2016 at 10:00 pm

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    Panorama of the European Film - Cinema Zawya
    12 November 2016 at 10:30 am

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    Internationales Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg - Kino I
    12 November 2016 at 7:00 pm

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    International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg - Kino II
    13 November 2016 at 11:00 am

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    International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg - Kino Atlantis
    14 November 2016 at 9:30 pm

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    Berlin-Premiere - Eiszeit Kino - German cinema release
    08 December 2016 at 8:00 pm

  • Screen International, 25.01.16

    De Pue’s logistical triumph in caves and on caravans aims for visual magic, and captures plenty of it.

  • IONCinema, 25.01.16

    With stunning 16mm cinematography, an empathetic eye, and a great deal of courage, De Pue digs into this lawless desert world, forging in the end a futureless portrait in which morals are discarded in the name of survival.

  • NONFICS, 24.01.16

    The Land of the Enlightened' is all at once a tremendously ambitious narrative experiment that features Afghanistan's struggling youth, a breathtaking tour of the nation's oft-invaded landscapes, and a pointed portrayal of America's military presence.

  • Saltlake Magazine, 26.01.16

    It’s the figuration of persistence, hope and moral compromise that’s features here, of the natural resources of land, poppies and youth. The Land of the Enlightened is rich in drama and masterfully edited imagery.