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    Jirga

    Directed by Benjamin Gilmour
    Australia/Afghanistan | 78 minutes | U.S. Premiere | FLOS: Foreign Language Oscar Submissions

Taking its title from the name for an Afghan tribal council, Jirga follows a former Australian Special Forces soldier (Sam Smith) who is haunted by a tragic accident and returns to Afghanistan to make amends to a village family.

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film synopsis

Taking its title from the name for an Afghan tribal council, Jirga follows a former Australian Special Forces soldier (Sam Smith) who is haunted by a tragic accident and returns to Afghanistan to make amends to a village family. Intrepid as a soldier, naive as a civilian, he becomes dependent on different strata of the Afghani population to take him through the country’s starkly beautiful landscape until he can confront his past. Australia’s Official Oscar® submission this year, Jirga’s behind-the-scenes creation tale is as dramatic as the story on screen. After losing permits to shoot in Pakistan because of political sensitivities around the story, director Benjamin Gilmour bought a camera in Kabul and shot Jirga in secret with actor Sam Smith. Now winning prizes and accolades at festivals around the world, Jirga is a masterful lesson in persistence, redemption, and triumph over adversity both on and off the screen.

In competition for the FIPRESCI Award.

film details

Country: Australia/Afghanistan
Year: 2018
Running Time: 78 minutes
Premiere Status: U.S. Premiere
Director: Benjamin Gilmour
Producers: John Maynard, Amir Shah Talash, Gull Hussain Baizada, Benjamin Gilmour, Sam Smith
Principal Cast: Sam Smith, Sher Alam Miskeen Ustad, Amir Shah Talash, Baheer Safi, Arzo Weda
Cinematographers: Benjamin Gilmour
Editor: Nikki Stevens
Music: AJ True
Screenwriter: Benjamin Gilmour
Website: www.jirgafilm.com
Primary Company: Lightyear Entertainment

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