Melbourne International Film Festival MIFF presents

Jirga

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Retired Australian soldier Mike (Smith) is haunted by memories of the unarmed man he accidentally shot during his time in Afghanistan. Determined to make things right, he sets off on a treacherous journey through Taliban and ISIS-controlled territory to find the victim’s family and place himself at the mercy of the Jirga – Afghanistan’s tradition of village justice.

A film whose uncomfortably raw subject matter is matched by the extremity in which it was created, Jirga is a profound and remarkable new work from writer/director Benjamin Gilmour (Son of a Lion, MIFF 2008). The result of months spent trekking through Pakistan and Afghanistan by Gilmour and Smith, Jirga is literally dangerous filmmaking in action, a courageous effort to cut through the propaganda and stereotypes and reveal the human tragedy behind our involvement in the War on Terror.

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Jirga (2018)

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