The Land of the Enlightened Nominated For a European Film Award Ahead of IFI Release this Friday

Posted November 7, 2016 by Suzanne Murray in News
Land of the Enlightened
Land of the Enlightened

The Land of the Enlightened has been nominated for a European Film Award.  The film which goes on release in the Irish Film Institute this Friday 11th November, is one of six films nominated in the European Documentary 2016 category.

To mark the film’s release this Friday, the film’s director Pieter-Jan De Pue will fly into Dublin for a special screening in the IFI where he will take part in a Q&A following the film.  This screening is at 18.20 and tickets are now on sale through the IFI website

The visually stunning documentary, which won the Special Jury Award for Cinematography (Documentary) at the world renowned Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, charts the complex Afghani war economy told through the eyes of the children who have found themselves caught up in the on-going American occupation.  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.

The Irish/Belgian/Dutch/German co-production was produced by Morgan Bushe for Irish production company Fastnet Films (with funding from the Irish Film Board) together with Savage Film, Submarine, Eyeworks and Gerbrueder Beetz Produktion.

The European Film Awards will take place in the European Capital of Culture Wroclaw, Poland on 10th December.

Find out more about the documentary at and book tickets for te opening night screening in the IFI at