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My Childhood, My Country

Phil Grabsky/Shoaib Sharifi | 2021 | 90 MINS
UK | Subtitles
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Award-winning filmmakers, Phil Grabsky and Shoaib Sharifi, present a real-life epic of boyhood and manhood, filmed across twenty years in one of the most embattled corners of the globe.

In Detail

This documentary following one boy’s life in Afghanistan feels like a brutal, desperately sad companion piece to Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’. Its co-directors, the British documentary-maker Phil Grabsky and Shoaib Sharifi, first started filming Mir Hussein aged seven in 2002, and they haven’t stopped.

They have already made two previous films – ‘The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan’ (2004) and ‘The Boy Mir: Ten Years in Afghanistan’ (2011) – and this third gives us the complete picture: Mir, pulled along by time’s current from boyhood to the present day, married with three kids in Kabul. To be honest, it’s the opposite of life-affirming.

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