Grants & Awards

The Boy Mir

– by Phil Grabsky

    1. Nonfiction

    2. Date Awarded: Winter 2010

    3. Directors(s): Phil Grabsky

    1. Producer(s): Leigh Gibson

    2. Location: UK/Afghanistan

    1. Film Status: Completed

    2. URL: » The Boy Mir site

About the Film:

Following the international hit The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan, The Boy Mir will cover not one year but ten. It will track the cheeky, enthusiastic Mir from a childish eight to a fully grown eighteen-year-old. Over those ten years, it will be a journey into early adulthood in one of the toughest places on earth; a journey that mirrors the current and vitally important story of Afghanistan.

About the Filmmakers:

Phil Grabsky is an award-winning documentary film-maker. With a film career spanning 20 years, Phil and his company Seventh Art Productions make films for cinema and television. Phil’s cinema films include The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan, which has played worldwide and, to date, has won thirteen awards, including first prize at Valladolid International Film Festival, and the Gold Hugo in Chicago for Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Editing.  Phil is continuing to film in Afghanistan. In early 2006 Phil completed the first ever feature-length documentary on the life of Mozart, In Search of Mozart, which contains performances and interviews with dozens of today’s finest performers. It premiered to over 1000 people at London’s Barbican concert hall, and has now been broadcast on over twenty channels across the world, as well as gaining cinema distribution. In Australian cinemas, within weeks, it entered the all-time Top 100 grossing documentaries. More recently, working with co-director David Bickerstaff, he has also completed Half Life: a Journey to Chernobyl, which uses Mario Petrucci’s poetry to explore the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The film recently won the Best Short Documentary at the Cinequest International Film Festival. Phil has also written four history books and is regularly involved as a judge for the Emmys, Bafta, RTS and One World awards. Phil recently completed cinema/TV documentary Escape from Luanda which was shown throughout 2008 and is currently releasing In Search of Beethoven in cinemas across the world.

Festival & Award Highlights:

IDFA 2010 – World Premiere
Santa Barbara 2011 – Best Documentary Film
Washington DC Independent Film Festival 2011 – Best International Documentary
Thessaloniki 2011
Full Frame 2011
Vancouver 2011