The Boy Mir - Ten Years in Afghanistan

About This Episode

Since 2001, much has changed in Afghanistan, but one thing is constant: this is and has long been an extremely turbulent country. Yet, in Kabul the dozens of destroyed buildings have been replaced with new apartments, a shopping mall, hotels, and restaurants. But still the suicide bombings, kidnappings and mortar attacks go on.

In 2002, shortly after the fall of the Taliban, 8-year-old Mir was living in a cave. Within a year, he and his family had been able to return to their home in a small, remote village in the deserts of the north. Though the family was happy Mir's father Abdul is charming but caustic, Mir's mother Fatima is angry with the world, Mir's brother Khoshdel is canny yet depressed, and Mir's sister Gulafrooz is hidden behind closed doors. Mir runs between them all – full of life, laughter, and mischief.

Like any boy growing up, Mir becomes more aware of the world. He and his ailing father talk endlessly about future plans; who he should marry, how well he should be doing at school, and how much time he should spend working. It becomes clear that there is increasing call for the young boy to help support what is an extremely poor family. Mir's ambition to one day be a teacher or indeed president of Afghanistan changes; now he simply hopes not be killed in the fighting.

The Boy Mir - Ten Years in Afghanistan reveals in a deeply moving and intimate fashion what has been happening in Afghanistan over the past decade. What difference has America's and other allies' input had on this country? Is there still a chance that Mir will end up as a soldier or opium farmer and, if so, can this cycle ever really be changed?