Magazine article Screen International

Australian 2019 Oscar Submission 'Jirga' Finds US Home

Magazine article Screen International

Australian 2019 Oscar Submission 'Jirga' Finds US Home

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Pashtun-language drama contains some English dialogue and shot guerrilla-style in Afghanistan.

Jirga

Lightyear Entertainment has acquired US rights from Visit Films to Australia’s 2019 Oscar submission Jirga, two years after it distributed the country’s Oscar-nominated drama, Tanna.

Jirga stars Sam Smith as former Australian soldier Mike Wheeler, who returns to Afghanistan seeking redemption from the family of a civilian he killed during the war. Hoping for forgiveness, the veteran puts his life in the hands of the village justice system, the Jirga.

Writer-director Benjamin Gilmour shot the film guerrilla-style with former Taliban members under dangerous conditions in what remains one of the world’s most treacherous places. …

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