The Boy Mir - 10 Years In Afghanistan
The Boy Mir - 10 Years In Afghanistan

The Boy Mir - 10 Years In Afghanistan

Director Phil Grabsky

Production year 2011

Length 90min.

Country UK


Following the international hit The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan, The Boy Mir covers not one but ten years. It tracks the cheeky, enthusiastic Mir from an eight-year-old boy, to an eighteen-year-old young man. It is a ten-year journey into an early maturity in one of the toughest places on earth; a journey that mirrors the present and the vitally important history of Afghanistan.


Best Documentary Film | Santa Barbara IFF, USA, 2011


Phil Grabsky
Phil Grabsky



Phil Grabsky, Amanda Wilkie


Phil Grabsky

Director of Photography

Phil Grabsky, ShoaibSharifi

Music by

Richard Durrant, Dimitri Tchamouroff, Nitin Sawhney


Phil Reynolds

Production company(ies)

Seventh Art Productions

Phil Grabsky

Born 1964, New York, USA. Phil Grabsky is a documentary filmmaker. With a film career spanning 25 years, he has made more than 200 films. His films have played in festivals worldwide, winning numerous awards for Best Film, Best Documentary, Best Cinematography, Best Screenwriting, Best Editing, Best Music. Phil Grabsky has also written four history books, including the best-seller The Great Commanders, and is regularly involved as a judge for the Emmys, BAFTA, Grierson and One World Awards. He has been awarded numerous personal awards including an RTS for ‘Services to Television’ and a Voice of the Listener and Viewer Award for ‘Services to Education’.


Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World (2001), The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan (2003), In Search of Mozart (2006), Heavy Water: A Journey to Chernobyl (2007), Escape from Luanda (2007), In Search of Beethoven (2009), The Boy Mir – 10 Years in Afghanistan (2011)

FILMS 2011