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Cameras & Kalashnikovs : The Making of Jirga - Benjamin Gilmour

Cameras & Kalashnikovs

The Making of Jirga

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2018
ISBN: 9780646987712
Number Of Pages: 200

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Moved by his travel experiences in Afghanistan and encounters with war veterans in Australia, filmmaker Benjamin Gilmour wrote a screenplay set in the current Afghan conflict.

His story was about a former soldier returning to Afghanistan to look for the family of a civilian he had killed in battle and to seek forgiveness. Gilmour cast Sydney actor Sam Smith in the lead role, and the two of them flew to Pakistan where they planned to shoot the film with funding from a local investor. But the plan fell through. Their shoot was blocked by the Pakistani secret service and the money disappeared. Instead of cutting their losses and returning home, Gilmour and Smith decided to carry on to Afghanistan and make the film in a country still at war.

Collaborating with a small crew of Afghans, Gilmour and Smith set about shooting their scenes in one of the most dangerous provinces crawling with Taliban and Islamic State militants. After two months living rough, facing countless obstacles and near-death experiences, Gilmour and Smith emerged from Afghanistan with a movie.

This is director Benjamin Gilmour¹s true behind-the-scenes account of making the film Jirga in Afghanistan.

About the Author

Benjamin Gilmour is an author and filmmaker, director of the films 'Jirga' (2018), 'Paramedico' (2012) and 'Son of a Lion’ (2008), author of the books Paramedico – Around the World by Ambulance, a tie-in with his recent film of the same name, and Warrior Poets about the making of his first feature film in Pakistan. He is based in northern New South Wales, Australia, where he lives with his partner Kaspia and three children, Paloma, Romeo and Bohème.

An excellent read which will make you see the country


*Note: I want to purchase this book. I have just loaned it from the library and will now be purchasing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Benjamin Gilmour, and it has opened my eyes to the people that are living in the war-torn country. It was so unexpected, with the humour that is shown from the people, to how Gilmour had managed to pull off making a movie in the most surreal locations. To also have the beauty of the country highlighted through the beautiful imagery is only another reason why this book was so hard to put down. It is a beautiful book, which is so easy to read and enjoy. Moments of sadness are captured beautifully through Gilmour's writing and it only makes me more determined to find a copy of the film, "Jirga", which this book is writing about. For those that only see Afghanistan as a war-torn country which has no chance of having anything positive - read this book. It will show you how much you have not realised about this country. It's another perspective of the people and as I have also been there, it's a view which I have neglected to be respectful of myself. This book has been an education.




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ISBN: 9780646987712
ISBN-10: 0646987712
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1st June 2018
Publisher: Benjamin Gilmour Films
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.8

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