Every year during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s dozens of children as young as six years old were sent to Soviet Tajikistan to be "educated". Some were as young as 6 years old. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 and civil wars resulted on both sides of the border, the children were left stranded.
Soorgul and Amir were two of these children. Now 16 years later, they journey back to Afghanistan in search of their families. Together, they travel through one of the world's most harsh and yet beautiful landscapes. But when their paths diverge, their futures become filled with unexpected and unpredictable turns as they seek to find resolution in their lives.
We had a shoestring budget to shoot the film, as our major funding fell through at the last minute because of security concerns. The crew was just two people (Jimmy Bustos and me, Najeeb Mirza), but we got it done despite the sometimes challenging situations that come with an environment of war. The National Film Board of Canada came into the production when we returned.