Featuring post-screening Q&A with special guests Benjamin Gilmour (writer/director), John Maynard (producer) and Sam Smith (actor) and hosted by Julian Wood from Film Ink on 3 October
★ ★ ★ ★ – “…buoyed by a tremendous sense of restraint: so rich and contemplative; so reluctant to sensationalise or speculate.” – The Guardian
WINNER – Best Film – CinefestOZ 2018
From award-winning director Benjamin Gilmour (Son of a Lion) and actor Sam Smith comes an important and almost unbelievable new Australian film, shot in the dangerous borderlands between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Retired Australian soldier Mike (Smith) is haunted by memories of the unarmed man he accidentally shot during his time in Afghanistan. Determined to make things right, he sets off on a treacherous journey through Taliban and ISIS-controlled territory to find the victim’s family and place himself at the mercy of the Jirga – Afghanistan’s tradition of village justice.
A film whose uncomfortably raw subject matter is matched by the extremity in which it was created, Jirga is a profound and remarkable new work. The result of months spent trekking through Pakistan and Afghanistan by Gilmour and Smith, Jirga is dangerous film making in action, a courageous effort to cut through the propaganda and stereotypes and reveal the human tragedy behind our involvement in the War on Terror.
Language: English and Pasto with English subtitles
Classification: M – Mature themes
Distributor: Felix Media
Dates & Times:
Wednesday 3 October 2018 at 7pm (Includes Q&A)
Friday 5 October 2018 at 7:30pm
Saturday 13 October 2018 at 4pm