The Prince of Nothingwood (15)
France/2017/86mins/15/subs Dir: Sonia Kronlund
A force of nature, Salim Shaheen has managed to make and self-distribute no fewer than 110 films in Afghanistan, despite the country's ongoing war and past conflicts. Keenly aware of the power of performance, he uses an outsize charisma and confidence to fuel his productions, innovations, such as using real blood and real guns with real ammunition. War reporter Sonia Kronlund decides to follow Shaheen for a week of filming for his latest production to the ancient outpost of Bamiyan where the majestic Buddhas were blasted away by the Taliban. In this fascinating and touching love letter to storytelling and filmmaking, bolstered by a cast of warmly flamboyant characters, we discover an intriguing viewpoint on the country.