Stun­ning footage from trav­el­ling film fest

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THE Trav­el­ling Film Fes­ti­val, the re­gional tour of Syd­ney Film Fes­ti­val, will bring Aus­tralian di­rec­tor Ben­jamin Gil­mour to Nam­bour on Satur­day for fes­ti­val favourite Jirga.

Gil­more will in­tro­duce the screen­ing, and en­gage in an au­di­ence Q&A af­ter­wards.

Risk­ing kid­nap­ping and con­stantly in fear for his life, di­rec­tor Ben­jamin Gil­mour shot Jirga en­tirely in war-torn Afghanistan with a cam­era bought at a Pak­istani shop­ping mall.

The win­ner of the $100K Cine­festOZ 2018 Film Prize, and this year’s Os­car en­try for for­eign lan­guage film, is an emo­tional story of for­give­ness, shot un­der per­ilous cir­cum­stances and with a hastily re-writ­ten script when the promised fund­ing fell through due to po­lit­i­cal sen­si­tiv­ity.

“Ben­jamin’s courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion to cre­ate

Jirga re­ally shows his pas­sion for film­mak­ing,” fes­ti­val man­ager Ka­rina Libbey said.

“Don’t miss your chance to catch this riv­et­ing film and join us af­ter­wards to hear the thrilling story in full at his Q&A.”

The Trav­el­ling Film Fes­ti­val, started by David Strat­ton in 1974, tours 18 re­gional lo­ca­tions year round, in­clud­ing six Queens­land cen­tres, nine in New South Wales and three in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

Pro­gram high­lights in­clude: 2018 Syd­ney Film Fes­ti­val Win­ner The

Heiresses, a rare gem from Paraguay; the award­win­ning story of en­dur­ing love in frozen Siberia, Ága,

from Bul­gar­ian di­rec­tor Milko Lazarov; and Wa­jib –

The Wed­ding In­vi­ta­tion ,a warm com­edy fol­low­ing the lives of Pales­tini­ans liv­ing in Is­rael, star­ring real-life fa­ther and son Mo­ham­mad and Saleh Bakri.

The Trav­el­ling Film Fes­ti­val Nam­bour will be held from Fri­day–Sun­day, Novem­ber 2–4, at the Ma­jes­tic Cin­e­mas Nam­bour.

For ticket in­quiries, con­tact Syd­ney Film Fes­ti­val on 02 8220 6600 or book on­line at sff.org.au/nam­bour.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Jirga di­rec­tor Ben­jamin Gil­mour will head to Nam­bour this week­end.

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