IFI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL: The Prince of Nothingwood


85 mins, 2017, France-Germany, Digital, Subtitled

This film is F-Rated. Find out more here.

A rousing tribute to the Ed Wood of Afghan filmmaking, Sonia Kronlund’s delightful The Prince of 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.

Notes by David O’Mahony

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