Ghosts of Bamiyan

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Ghosts of Bamiyan


by Patrick Pleutin

Afghanistan, France



Director: Patrick Pleutin

Scriptwriter : Patrick Pleutin

Cinematographer: Patrick Pleutin, Mohammad Mehdi Zafari

Editing: Reza Serkanian

Music: Fady Zakar

Voice over: Ali Hazara

Production :
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Farid Rezkallah
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Overlap Films
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Year: 2017

HD, Colour, 30 min, 
OV Persian with French Subtitles


Ali goes back to his village in Afghanistan, in search of the giant sculptures destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. Ali goes all over the caves and empty niches in the Bâmiyân valley, wearing a glass plate on the head to capture phantom traces of the missing sculptures.

"At the beginning, there is a part of game with Ali's memory when he goes back to his native village in Bâmiyân; he is a Hazaras artist, chased by the Taliban he emigrated in France. He left Afghanistan more than sixteen years ago, when the three giant Buddha were destroyed by the Taliban on 11 March 2001. He therefore comes back to their traces and to his roots after a long time; he takes the pulse of his past first by meeting the inhabitants of his village Bâmiyân, then he draws merchants and butchers in the bazaar, and goes to the orphanage where he draws children... His creative part serves the memory of the place, but is never enslaved by this memory. It contributes to the making of an inventory of the place, yet without being a scientific report, nor pretending to be a key for reading vestiges. It invents a rereading of the place and for the place." Patrick Pleutin

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