Check out the first trailer for “The Land of the Enlightened,” a vivid documentary about the children of Afghanistan seven years in the making. Blending fictional and documentary forms, “The Land of the Enlightened” follows a gang of nomadic Afghani children that raids caravans, sells explosives and mines for gems in order to obtain food and fuel.
From the trailer alone, the film looks powerfully intimate and absolutely stunning, shot on 16mm film that captures the beautiful vistas of the mountain region of the northern Wakhan Corridor. The feature debut of Belgian photographer Pieter-Jan De Pue, “The Land of the Enlightened” promises to be an evocative portrait of a war-torn country and its youngest and most resilient natives.
“The Land of the Enlightened” will make its world premiere in the World Documentary Competition section at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.