This screening will be followed by a wine reception in the IFI foyer.
A rousing tribute to the Ed Wood of Afghan filmmaking, Sonia Kronlund’s delightful Nothingwood (the title being a wry spin on a more resourced filmmaking community) follows the gonzo efforts of Afghan actor/producer/director Salim Shaheen and his ramshackle repertory group as they embark on the auter’s 110th no-budget action feature, leading the increasingly anxious Kronlund deep into Taliban-controlled territory.
Though undeniably schlocky, Shaheen’s movies provide some measure of levity to a nation that has been mired in one conflict or another for decades.
This screening is part of the IFI Documentary Festival 2017, running from September 27th to October 1st. Find out more about the festival here.
Notes by David O’Mahony