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Wounds of Afghanistan

„Wounds of Afghanistan“ is a film about Estonian men whose lives were forever changed during the period of 1979-1989 when Estonians were forced to fight with the Soviet army in Afghanistan. When twenty-year old, they were sent by the Soviet authorities to the Afghan War where no-one had ever left as a winner. This was a a war for foreign country and unknown purposes. Every man tried to escape – few succeeded.
The heroes of the film are the artist Aivar Simson – Simson from Seaküla and Leino Juhkam. The first one lost his nerves in the war, but was saved by art and the second lost his legs having dreamed about becoming a farmer.
The shooting took place from February to November 2004 in Estonia and Afghanistan.
The film uses archive materials from the Soviet period.

Premiere: 2005
Original Title: Afganistani armid
Director-cinematographer: Ivar Heinmaa
Screenwriter-editor: Margit Kilumets
Producer: Riina Sildos
Produced by: Amrion OÜ

53 min / BetaSP / Colour / Dolby SR

Festivals and awards:

Black Nights Film Festival, Tallinn, 2005 – Estonian competition
Nominated for the Film for the Year 2005
FIPRESCI Cultural Endowment of Estonia – Annual Award of Endowment of Audiovisual Art 2005
Estonian Film Days – Award for Outstanding Work
Biarritz Film Festival
28th Moscow International Film Festival
10th Ismailia International Festival for Documentary & Short Films
Berlin International Film Market