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Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan, The

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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Filmakers Library
Closed Captioned:
Running Time: 90 mins
Country of Origin:
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2004
Available in French: No

Effervescent eight-year-old Mir lives in the ruins of the Buddhas which were so ruthlessly destroyed by the Taliban in Afghanistan. The fact that he lives on bread and water when the film starts, and owns not a book or a toy, does not dim his fun-loving inquisitive spirit. Filmed over the course of a year against the dramatic backdrop of Bamiyan, the filmmaker captures the hardship of life for the refugees in this war- torn land. Acclaimed at international festivals, audiences have responded to the charm of this child, a spark of hope in a dark part of the world. "Outstanding" Sunday Times (London) "Astonishingly intimate... as vivid a portrait of present-day Afghanistan as you will ever see." Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Awards: HotDocs, 2004; Full Frame Documentary Festival, 2004; Grand Jury Prize, Washington International Film Festival, 2004; International Documentary Festival, Amsterdam, 2004; Special Award, Santa Barbara Film Festival, 2004; Sydney Film Festival, 2004