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by Pieter-Jan De Pue


A group of Kuchi children are living in a minefield around Bagram airfield, Afghanistan. They dig out old Soviet landmines in order to sell the explosives to child workers in the Lapis Lazuli mine. Meanwhile Gholam Nasir and his gang control the mountains where caravans are smuggling the blue gem stones to the border of Tajikistan and Pakistan. When Gholam's gang is not guiding the caravans over the frozen rivers, they dream about Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the Americans. Some of them will grow up as soldiers, others will remain with the caravans. But Gholam dreams about marrying and living with his queen in the palace in Kabul. Will Afghanistan have a new king after the foreigners will have returned home?

international title: The Land of the Enlightened
original title: The Land of the Enlightened
country: Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, Germany
sales agent: Films Boutique
year: 2016
genre: documentary
directed by: Pieter-Jan De Pue
film run: 83'
release date: DE 8/12/2016
screenplay: Pieter-Jan De Pue
cinematography by: Pieter-Jan De Pue
film editing: Stijn Deconinck
producer: Bart Van Langendonck
co-producer: Morgan Bushe, Femke Wolting
production: Savage Film, Submarine, Fastnet Films, Eyeworks Film & TV Drama NV, Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion
backing: Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Dutch Film Fund (NFF), Centre du Cinéma et de l'audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles et de Voo, Belgian Development Cooperation - DGD, Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Irish Film Board, Media Development Program of the E.U., Belgian tax shelter for film financing, Canvas, IKON, Telenet/Prime and ZDF-Arte.
distributor: Wildcard Distribution, Real Fiction Filmverleih

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