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The Giant Buddhas (2005)

A filmmaker's investigation into the destruction of giant Buddha statues in Afghanistan.

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Christian Frei
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Cast

Credited cast:
Taysir Alony Taysir Alony ... Himself - Journalist
Sayeed Mirza Hussain Sayeed Mirza Hussain ... Himself - Bamiyan Cave Dweller (as Sayyed Mirza Hussain)
Peter Mettler ... Narrator - English version
Nelofer Pazira Nelofer Pazira ... Herself - Journalist
Zémaryalaï Tarzi Zémaryalaï Tarzi ... Himself - Archaeologist
Xuanzang Xuanzang
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A filmmaker's investigation into the destruction of giant Buddha statues in Afghanistan.

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The Giant Buddhas

Country:

Switzerland

Language:

Arabic | Dari | English | French | Mandarin

Release Date:

3 August 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Im Tal der grossen Buddhas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Soundtracks

Lord Chamberlain
Composed by Philip Glass
Published by Touchstone Pictures Music & Songs Inc.
Courtesy of Warner Chappell Music Germany GmbH & Co. KG
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A Privilege to Have Seen
1 January 2007 | by alison-jasonidesSee all my reviews

Feeling tired and spent after New Year's Eve festivities, I was scanning through channels and my eye caught the opening credits of this documentary. An impressive roster of composers were listed under "Music", making me pause and wait to see. What followed was an unexpected aesthetic, intellectual and visceral experience. Perhaps, as some other commenters have written, "Giant Buddhas" suffers from an identity crisis, alternating from straight documentary style to indie "art" movie. Visually, it does the same, presenting some sequences in a reportage style, as if shot using unglamorous digital, and others filmed as is David Lean was directing. This vacillation was not a hindrance to me: the bounty and quality of information and imagery confirmed the idea of how rich and deep this story of Afghanistan's Buddha's is. It is useless to summarize or highlight the flow and peaks of this epic poem to Afghanistan; devote an evening to it for yourself.


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