A film from Afghanistan documenting life in the remarkable ancient city of Bamiyan has won the Small World Film Festival’s top award for 2017. Judges on the People’s Panel were impressed with the sweeping cinematography which revealed the story of the UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art, Bamiyan. The city and nearby region is home to sandstone cliffs dotted with ancient caves and the archaeological remains of carved Buddha statues which were destroyed in conflict. The city was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2003 and the organisation is supporting restoration projects in the area. The film from Bamiyan also won the category for best citywide story.