"Hypnotic, playful and chillingly austere, the hybrid documentary blends romance and raw realism"
- Screen International "Powerfully intimate and absolutely stunning"
- Indiewire De Pue's Afghanistan-centered film The Land of the Enlightened
won several prestigious awards, such as Best Photography at the Sundance Film Festival, and provided a completely new and unique perspective on one of the hotbeds of our world. Film-maker and photographer Pieter-Jan De Pue spent most of eight years in Afghanistan. There he worked on his award-winning film The Land of the Enlightened
. In The Kings of Afghanistan
he has collected together his most compelling photographs from his time in Afghanistan, focusing on children in survival mode. Their surprising resilience and zest paint a picture of hope for the future. De Pue has been sending postcards back and forth with Robert Fisk, the renowned war journalist, for a few years now, and the latter wrote a glowing prologue for the book.