My Childhood, My Country - 20 Years in Afghanistan

Growing up in a land ravaged by war.

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My Childhood, My Country - 20 Years in Afghanistan

The Passionate Eye

The real-life story of a young boy coming of age in Afghanistan, filmed over 20 years in one of the most embattled countries in the world.

My Childhood, My Country - 20 Years in Afghanistan, a new documentary from The Passionate Eye, follows the journey of Mir Hussain as he grows up in a land ravaged by war.

Mir is eight years old when we first meet him, playing among the ruins of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in war-torn rural Afghanistan. He treats the destruction around him as a wonderful playground. It is 2002 and, in the aftermath of the World Trade Centre attacks, U.S. troops have landed in Afghanistan — the beginning of a seemingly endless war in one of the world’s poorest countries.

The documentary follows Mir’s journey over the two decades that follow, telling a remarkably personal story of the poverty, destruction, aspiration and progress that colours Afghan life today.

Now a grown man with a family of his own and an emerging career as a news cameraman in Kabul, Mir’s personal journey of pride, resilience and hope is interwoven with the narrative of his nation.

Two decades after 9/11 and the “War on Terror” that followed, My Childhood, My Country - 20 Years in Afghanistan offers a uniquely personal insight into one of the most devastating conflicts of the 21st century. With 150,000 lives lost and a trillion dollars spent by 40 countries , the film asks was it worth it? For Mir, his country and the world?

Watch My Childhood, My Country - 20 Years in Afghanistan on The Passionate Eye.