OUT NOW / RATED M / 78 MINS
DIRECTOR Benjamin Gilmour
CAST Sam Smith, Mohammad Mosam, Kefayat Lag Humani
A JIRGA, A subtitle tells us at the start of this solemn but affecting film, is an “Afghan court of tribal elders”. It is this court that will decide the fate of our protagonist, an Australian soldier (Smith) who returns to the dusty plains near Kabul three years after a mission there in an attempt to atone for his military actions. Writer-director Gilmour is in no rush to tell a tale where little happens, but what does carefully builds tension through uncomfortable silences and nervous crossings of paths. It will eventually ask familiar questions about war and its consequences but deals with the answers it offers with commendable sensitivity.