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My Childhood, My Country - 20 Years in Afghanistan

  • 1h 34m
  • Shoaib Sharafi
  • Phil Grabsky
  • United Kingdom
  • 2021

An epic story of boyhood and manhood, in a land ravaged by war.

From award-winning filmmakers Grabsky and Sharifim, the film follows the life of Mir Hussain for a twenty year period in one of the most embattled corners of the globe.

We first meet Mir, a boy of eight, playing among the ruins of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in war-torn rural Afghanistan, treating the destruction around him as a wonderful playground.

The weight of the World Trade Centre attacks is being felt as US troops arrive thus beginning a seemingly endless war in one of the world’s poorest countries. Mir is followed over the next two decades, telling a personal story of the poverty, destruction, aspiration, and progress that colours Afghan life today.

Two decades on from 9 / 11 and the subsequent ‘War on Terror’, Mir’s story offers a personal insight into one of the most devastating conflicts of the 21st Century. After a trillion dollars spent by 40 countries and 150,000 lives lost, the film asks: was it worth it for Mir, his country, and the world?

With two BAFTA nominations, the film won Best Documentary 2021 Valladolid International Film Festival.

If you purchase the film, you will be invited to our interactive Virtual Hub for a digital Q&A with Director Phil Grabsky on the 10th of June at 9:30PM.

Click here for more information about Doc Edge Festival Virtual Hub.


Category “We Are the World” presented by Air Tahiti Nui


Shoaib Sharafi


Phil Grabsky


Phil Grabskie


Amanda Wilkie




United Kingdom

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