The Prince of Nothingwood
Directed by Sonia Kronlund, Afghanistan 2017
89 mins. French and Dari dialogue with English sub-titles
Sonia Kronlund’s engaging documentary focuses on the indomitable Salim Shaheen, who has relentlessly made more than 100 films in war-torn Afghanistan over thirty years. He is the prince of an industry he calls "Nothingwood" – a Hollywood that must make do with nothing at all. His movies have stayed popular even, according to rumour, with Taliban and Islamic State fighters, for whom they were presumably the guiltiest of guilty pleasures.
What the Critics say:
"This is not just a crowd-tickling portrait of a fascinating, charismatic individual who cares more about cinema than safety. Shaheen and his small crew and cast don't just film in war zones, they also use real guns and bullets."  (Isabel Stevens - Sight and Sound)