There have been significant developments on the ground here in Afghanistan where we are shooting our next feature film, ‘Jirga’. Those of you who supported the film during our crowd-funding campaign might remember the title as ‘Return to Kandahar’. Not much of the film’s story has changed since then, but the making-of the film sure has. Our Pakistani financier pulled out and left us high and dry in Peshawar. We decided just last month to move the entire shoot to Afghanistan. Yeah, I know, crazy huh? But Sam Smith (lead actor) and I had no choice, other than to come home. The Pakistani authorities banned us from shooting in their country. Despite our money drying up and this essentially becoming a ‘credit-card film’, I am strangely happy about the move to Afghanistan. Because I believe in authenticity, and a film set in Afghanistan really ought to be shot in Afghanistan, don’t you think?
The shoot is under way, pray for us!