A thoughtful and engaging meditation on post-9/11 Muslim society, from Australian director Benjamin Gilmour, about a sensitive adolescent being raised under strict Islamic law who longs to get an education. Sher Alam Afridi is a widowed Pashtun and gunsmith living on the Northwest Frontier of Pakistan with his eleven-year-old son Niaz. Sher encourages his illiterate son to continue the family tradition of making guns, but all Niaz wants to do is learn to read. An elegant and remarkable film, with touches of humour and a staggering performance from the young non-professional lead actor.
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