Son of a Lion (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

Son of a Lion 2007

Directed by Benjamin Gilmour

Benjamin Gilmour's audacious docudrama was shot undercover in great secrecy and danger in Pakistan's remote Northwest Frontier. "The script hums with credibility." — Financial Times

Australia / Pakistan In Pashto with English subtitles
92 minutes 35mm

Director, Screenplay

Photography

Benjamin Gilmour
,
Haroon John

Editor

Alison McSkimming Croft

Sound

Haroon John

Music

Amanda Brown

With

Niaz Khun Shinwari
,
Sher Alam Miskeen Ustad
,
Baktiyar Ahmed Afridi
,
Agha Jaan
,
Anousha Vasif Shinwari

Festivals

Pusan 2007; Berlin 2008

Elsewhere

Visiting filmmaker Benjamin Gilmour‘s audacious docudrama was shot undercover in great secrecy and danger in the dusty gun-manufacturing villages of Pakistan‘s remote Northwest Frontier. A place completely forbidden to foreigners and journalists, let alone filmmakers.

"The first-time Australian director went to Pakistan‘s tribal regions to create, with native Pashtun performers and collaborators, the tale of a jihadist warrior‘s son torn between peace and war. The 11-year-old boy wants to go to school; the fierce father wants him only to learn gun lore, in Darra, their arms-making village. The non-professional actors play versions of themselves (in real life the father helped the mujahideen expel Russia from Afghanistan) and the script hums with credibility. When not scarily enlightening - in the depiction of a guerrilla mindset that prefers Taliban tyranny to American intrusion - it is scarily funny." — Nigel Andrews, Financial Times