The Land of the Enlightened (2016)

Pieter-Jan De Pue

24.07.2021, 22:30 — 00:00 Film

Organised by Kunsthal Extra City in collaboration with guest programmer Frederik Poisquet

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. 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, firsttime 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.

Practical info
→ Duration: 87 minutes.
→ Free admission, no reservations needed.
→ Entrance via Ploegstraat 25.

This outdoor film screening is part of our summer programme 'Zomer in de kloostertuin' ('Summer in the monastery courtyard').

Price free

Location Kunsthal Extra City - monastery courtyard, via: Ploegstraat 25