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Jirga (2018)




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A modern morality tale about a former Australian soldier, Mike, who returns to Afghanistan to find the family of a civilian he accidentally killed during the war. Seeking forgiveness, he puts his life in the hands of the village justice system - the Jirga.


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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

The filmmaking could most charitably be described as artless, with a medley of shaky thousand-pixel close-ups providing a sense of detail that doesn't quite extend to the script.

June 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Directed by Benjamin Gilmour (Son of a Lion) Jirga is a little film with a lot to say. Shot on location and making the most of the stark, surreal beauty of its landscapes, Smith's lonely soldier is a study of moral determination driven by inner suffering.

November 4, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Afghan landscape is imposingly photographed, as are the faces of the Afghan people, but as a coherent narrative, the film is lacking.

September 28, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

It's a fine film, even without the backstory. Gilmour shows a real empathy with the Afghani non-actors. Their character and traditions are part of the subject, and both are surprising.

September 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Unafraid to let large portions of his brief, yet powerful film play out without much dialogue, Gilmour's film is one of the most bracingly original takes on the mental tolls caused by morally ambiguous wars.

September 6, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Busting up prejudices against Afghanistan's people is as high as this well-intentioned but morally simplistic white-guilt trip can aim.

September 6, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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