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In the lawless Pashtun tribal areas of Pakistan lies Darra Adam Khel, a town where the local industry is the handcrafting of firearms. It has been this way since long before the “War on Terror”. Eleven-year-old Niaz Alfridi works with his gunsmith father Sher Alam, learning how to make and test weapons. A former mujahideen, Sher Alam expects his only son to carry on the family business, but Niaz has different ideas—he wants to go to school.
The story of “Son of a Lion“, the debut feature of director Benjamin Gilmour, is almost as exciting as the film itself. Darra Adam Khel was banned to foreigners shortly after 9/11, so Gilmour filmed “Son of a Lion” in secret with local, untrained actors. Without the support of the local community, this extraordinary film would not have been possible.
“Son of a Lion” has had rave reviews, including four stars from both Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton. It’s a powerful film that you’ll be thinking about for days.
You can watch “Son of a Lion” here.
If you enjoyed this film, check out “Paramedico“, also by director Benjamin Gilmour, a candid look at the secret lives of paramedics around the world.