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The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan (2003)

Phil Grabsky  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Phil Grabsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Microcinema International
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,597 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Filmed over the course of a year, this film follows the story of one eight-year-old boy in Afghanistan, and his friends and neighbours, all of whom live in the caves beside the destroyed Buddhas of Bamiyan.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Huge Awakening - A "Must-Own" Film November 7, 2007
I happened upon the last half of this film late one night. The next day I ordered this DVD and went to the Web site of The Boy Who Plays On the Buddhas of Bamiyan.

Never in my life have I been so moved, overwhelmed, and just plain shaken-up as I was after watching this incredible film on daily life in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. The news media never illuminates the human truth of situations such as the reality of life in Afghanistan - the conditions of life in war-ravaged areas of the world.

The central character of the film is Mir Hussain, a young boy who lives among the rubble of the Buddhas of Bamiyan. Mir is the epitome of the unconquerable human spirit. He radiates happiness and curiosity in a world that is unimaginable to most of us. Mir's family, friends and neighbors move from day to day with hope that their conditions will improve. Through their eyes and stories, we learn of an existence that most of us could not previously comprehend.

Mir's joyous, larger-than-life personality never stops shining. This film will touch you as no other film has. He shows us that happiness is only dependent upon the human spirit and how that spirit is able to transcend surroundings and obstacles. It breaks my heart each time I watch the film, yet Mir brings a smile through the tears.

The Director, Phil Grabsky, is a true spiritual leader in this "modern" age, although he may not describe himself the same way. An amazing degree of personal courage, bravery, vision and compassion were required to create this extraordinary film. A great work that will always serve as a guide to each of us to live a more fulfilling life by raising our awareness and teaching us to get involved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent documentary February 9, 2013
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I have quite a few documentaries from Seventh Art Productions and have never been disappointed. That trend continues with The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan. It is a brutally honest look at one year in the life of a boy living in war-torn Afghanistan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best doucmentaries i have seen. February 5, 2009
A truly moving documentary about a young boy called Mir living among the ruins of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan. Mir is so charismatic and a joy to watch and is always smiling despite everything he and his family have been through. I have yet to see the recently rleased "Buddhas Collapsed out of Shame" which has also received great reviews but I would really recommend watching "The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan" You can make a donation to Mir at [...]
The follow-up is currently in development so I'm really looking forward to it being released.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, beautiful and sad at the same time... August 27, 2008
"The boy who plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan", directed by Phil Grabsky, is a good documentary that manages to be interesting, beautiful and sad at the same time.

This film documents three seasons (summer, winter and autumn) in the life of a small family of refugees that lives in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, in the caves close to the Buddhas that the Taliban blew up in March 2001. Grabsky lets us see how they struggle to survive, and how they get by with very little, pinning most of their hopes for the future in their small son, a cheeky eight-year-old called Mir Hussain.

The scenery of Bamiyán is breathtaking, but the everyday reality of this family, and thousands just like it, is extremely harsh. Some commentaries regarding life under the rule of the Taliban made by the older family members throw some light on that period, but I would have appreciated learning more about the subject, either in the documentary or in some kind of bonus feature that this dvd doesn't have.

Despite that, I found this documentary engaging, and I cannot help but be curious regarding what happened to Mir and his family. After visiting this film's website, [...], I learnt that Phil Grabsky is working on a documentary that tells what happens to them. I will try to watch it, too.

All in all, I believe that "The boy who plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan" is well-worth seeing. Recommended...

Belen Alcat
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