Home > Film Festival > 12th PLJFF > Films > Special Programmes > Exploring Humanity > The Land of the Enlightened Time We Lost The Pearl Button The Good Postman Mama Colonel Holy God Alazeef The Land of the Enlightened 1 2 3 4 2016 (87’) BELGIUM, IRELAND, NETHERLANDS, GERMANY, AFGHANISTAN Director: Pieter-Jan De Pue 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. FESTIVALS Sundance FF, USA, 2016 – Cinematography Award DocAviv FF, Israel, 2016 – Depth of Field Competition IFFR, Netherlands, 2016 – Nominated for Tiger Award Original languages: Persian, English Editors: Stijn Deconinck, David Dusa Cinematographer: Pieter-Jan De Pue Producers: Christian Beetz, Peter Bouckaert, Morgan Bushe, Bruno Felix, Kathrin Isberner, Tatjana Kozar, Kerstin Meyer-Beetz, Xavier Rombaut, Bart Van Langendonck, Femke Wolting Pieter-Jan De Pue is an independent filmmaker and graduated from the film academy RITS in Brussels in 2006. From 2007 on he started directing his first docu/fiction film „The Land of the Enlightened“. In view of his debut project he has been travelling for long periods of time to Afghanistan, photographing the country and its people for organizations such as the International Red Cross, Caritas International, UN and international demining organizations.