Bomanbridge Media acquired the documentary feature My Childhood, My Country: 20 Years in Afghanistan.
Produced by Seventh Art Productions, the coming-of-age film follows an eight-year-old boy Mir over 20 troubled years. The film’s directors Phil Grabsky and Shoaib Sharifi were the first filmmakers in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban in 2001, and they have been filming there ever since. The remarkable 20-year project allows viewers from around the world to watch Mir grow up over the years since the American/NATO invasion of Afghanistan.
Bomanbridge will exclusively handle worldwide distribution. The Singapore-based distribution company launched the title this week at Digital MIPTV.
Sonia Fleck, CEO of Bomanbridge Media, commented, “We worked with the filmmakers previously on sales for The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan and we are honored to be entrusted with the global distribution of this long-awaited film. So many broadcasters asked, ‘What became of Mir?’ Now that President Biden officially announced the full withdrawal of American troops by the 20th anniversary of 9/11 later this year, our film really does give viewers the chance to see what the last 20 years have been like for Afghanistan, through the eyes of Mir, a young boy during the 2001 invasion, now a man trying to make a life for himself in the aftermath.”
Phil Grabsky, executive producer and director, added, “In my career I have directed or produced over 250 films but this one is undoubtedly the most significant, dramatic, and unique. Afghanistan is a hugely important story – there are few countries that haven’t sent soldiers or spent billions there in recent years or been in receipt of Afghan refugees. Our film is unquestionably the most far-reaching in examining, from a deeply human perspective, what has been the impact.”
Grabsky continued, “I, and my Afghan co-director (the film is being considered as Afghanistan’s entry as International Film to next year’s Oscars), have been on quite a journey making the film. However, that is nothing compared to Mir’s own tale, once a cheeky lad living in a cave now working as a cameraman chasing down suicide bombings in Kabul, but always with a smile on his lips and a glint in his eye. The choice of distributor is critical in the life of a film and we didn’t hesitate to work once again with Bomanbridge. Their efficiency, enthusiasm, and experience are continually impressive.”