Running length: 1 hour 18 minutes
Admission: $10 – $14
Jirga is an Australian drama written and directed by Benjamin Gilmour. It stars Sam Smith as a former Australian soldier returning to Afghanistan to seek forgiveness from the family of a man he killed while serving in the war. Seeking forgiveness, he puts his life in the hands of the village justice system – the Jirga.
The film was shot under extreme circumstances, in dangerous locations and with assistance from the local people of Afghanistan. Deemed too politically divisive to be produced in Pakistan the film moved production at the last minute to Afghanistan and shot in one of the most dangerous regions in the world, Kandahar Province.
Gilmour sought to create a film which showed the beauty of the Afghan country and people as well as highlight the detrimental impact of the War in Afghanistan on Western and Afghan people. He also wanted to create a film in which the line between truth and fiction is blurred. Gilmour stated he wishes to “make an audience feel like they’re not quite sure if they’re watching a documentary or a drama.