SON OF A LION

Synopsis

In the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan, a widowed father expects his only son to follow in his footsteps. Darra Adam Khel is home to the ethnic Pashtuns. The local industry is the handcrafting of firearms. It has been this way since long before the war on terror. Eleven-year-old Niaz Afridi works with his father learning how to make and test weapons just as Sher Alam learnt from his father before him. But Niaz doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps. He wants to go to school.

Year

2007

Duration

92 Mins

Genre

DramaWar

Country

Australia,  Pakistan

Director & Writer

Benjamin Gilmour, a Sydney-based ambulance officer, became interested in filmmaking while working as a unit nurse on UK film sets. A seasoned traveller and writer, Gilmour fell in love with the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) when he first went there in early 2001. In Darra Adam Khel he saw boys catching bullet-shells as they fell from the air after being test-fired skywards, and heard from his guide about one of the boys who wanted to go to school instead. In 2004 Gilmour based himself in Pakistan for eight months of pre-production, making contacts and building relationships.  He learnt some basic Pashto, and developed the invaluable collaboration with Executive Producer Hayat Khan Shinwari.  In 2006 he returned to complete filming of SON OF A LION.

Producers

Carolyn Johnson

Cast

Niaz Khan Shinwari
Baktiyar Ahmed Afridi
Sher Alam Miskeen Ustad

Additional Credits

Executive Producer
Hayat Shinwari
Co- Producer
Benjamin Gilmour
Co- Producer
Jeff McDonald
Writer
Benjamin Gilmour
Cinematography
John Haroon
Cinematographer
Benjamin Gilmour
Editor
Alison Croft
Composer
Amanda Brown