My Childhood, My Country: 20 Years in Afghanistan


Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Tue, Sep 20, 2022 3:30 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, Sep 21, 2022 4:00 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Thu, Sep 22, 2022 6:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2021
Run Time:90 minutes
Production Country:United Kingdom
Original Language:English, Dari
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Phil Grabsky
Shoaib Sharifi


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to join theatres around the globe for a special worldwide premiere of “My Childhood, My Country: 20 Years in Afghanistan” showing three days only: Sept. 20-22 at the Alice Gill-Sheldon and Mary D. Fisher Theatres.

Award-winning filmmakers, Phil Grabsky and Shoaib Sharifi, present a real-life epic of boyhood and manhood, filmed across twenty years in one of the most embattled corners of the globe. “My Childhood, My Country: 20 Years in Afghanistan” follows the journey of Afghan youth, Mir Hussain, growing up in a land ravaged by war.

When we first meet Mir, he is a boy of eight playing among the ruins of the Buddhas of Bamiyan in wartorn rural Afghanistan, treating the destruction around him as a wonderful playground. It is 2002 and in the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Centre, US troops have landed in Afghanistan, thus beginning a seemingly endless war in one of the world’s poorest countries. This intimate feature documentary follows Mir’s journey over the next two decades, telling a remarkably personal story of the poverty, destruction, aspiration and progress that colors Afghan life today.

Now a grown man with a family of his own and an emerging career as a news cameraman in Kabul, Mir’s personal journey of pride, resilience and hope is interwoven with the narrative of his nation. Mir’s story is joined by the sobering comments of soldiers, key politicians and journalists who offer insights into the bigger picture — the successes and failures, rights and wrongs over the past 20 years of conflict.

Two decades on from 9/11 and the subsequent ‘War on Terror’, “My Childhood, My Country” 20 Years in Afghanistan” offers a uniquely personal insight into one of the most devastating conflicts of the 21st Century. After a trillion dollars spent by 40 countries and 150,000 lives lost, the film asks was it worth it, for Mir, his country and the world?

“Deeply moving and intimate.” — The Hollywood Reporter

“Touchingly universal.” — Sunday Times

The "My Childhood, My Country: 20 Years in Afghanistan" screening on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 4:00 p.m. is part of the "Films for Peace" program on International Day of Peace, co-sponsored by Sedona Internatinoal City of Peace. The screening will include a discussion following the film with International City of Peace representative Fred Armant and John Soderberg, renowned sculptor and Afghanistan connection.