Wednesday, November 15, 2023


This is easily one of my favorite films of DOC NYC. It’s one of the most beautiful films I’ve seen in 2023 and it’s a film I am hoping to see again on a big screen because the images are so stunning I need to lose myself in them a second time.

This film is the story of Khaiber Akbarzada who is a champion player of buzkashi (a game involving a goat carcass) in Afghanistan.  As he is rising higher and higher in the sport the Taliban is coming crashing back into power. Forced to contend with the social changes that it brings on every level, and having a status that makes him a possible target Akbarzada must decide what to do to sat alive.

I’m not going to lie, this is a good sports bio made great by a slightly different subject and some of the most amazing cinematography I have ever seen. There is a tactile quality to the images that make you feel what you are seeing. Tryst me what is on screen is some of the most eye popping images you have ever seen with the images taking on a painterly quality. I dare your jaw not to hang open.

This film blew me away.

I have no idea what to say other than go see this on as a big a screen as possible, your eyes will thank me.

Highly recommended.

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