Mixing documentary and fiction, Belgian filmmaker Pieter-Jan De Pue tells a magnificent story of a generation of young Afghans attempting to take control of their own destinies in a perpetually war-torn country. With beautiful shots of green valleys and lush opium fields littered with rusty tanks and live mines, THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED paints a picture of Afghanistan that differs from what we’re used to seeing on the news. The result is a beautiful and dreamlike tale of a country and a people who refuse to be broken.
Festival Guest: Director Pieter-Jan De Pue
Pieter-Jan De Pue
Pieter-Jan De Pue (Belgium, 1982) THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED is De Pue’s debut as a feature film director.