Ammar Aziz / Pakistan / 2015 / 81 minutes / Pashto with English Subtitles / Documentary
“Baba really becomes a metaphor of the collective pain of that land. As an educator and a poet, he gives a familiar face to the Pashtun people who are usually seen as ‘the others’.” – Ammar Aziz, Director.
A Pakistani refugee camp. A family displaced by war. Such is the focus of the documentary A Walnut Tree, a stunningly poetic and personal account of the turbulent internal conflict that occurs when people are uprooted from their homeland and forced to reside in an unstable refugee camp. From a compassionate distance, director Ammar Aziz casts his lens upon the elderly Baba, a former poet, teacher and grandfather of the family in question. Consumed by his memories of life before war and fearful of his family’s uncertain future, A Walnut Tree allows us to witness life from through Baba’s eyes, and by proxy, the experiences of many other displaced people around the globe today.
This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 18 years.
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Winner: Ram Bahadur Trophy for Best Film – Film South Asia Festival 2015