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Jirga - CottFilmFest 2019

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“JIRGA is a visually stunning film, and shouldn’t be missed on the big screen. The images will stay with you forever.”

Genre: Drama / War
Directed by: Benjamin Gilmour
Cast: Sam Smith, Mohammad Mosam, Kefayat Lag Humani
Runtime: 78 mins
Country of Origin: Australia
Language: English / English subtitles (some Pushto language)
Trailer: https://youtu.be/9urHEvIWp7Y

Winner - 2018 CinefestOz Film Prize
Winner - Best Indie Film, Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards 2018
Australia’s Oscar entry - Best Foreign Language Film 2019

Made under extraordinary, and extremely dangerous, conditions, JIRGA tells the emotional story of a former Australian soldier who travels to Afghanistan to seek forgiveness. An Australian film unlike any you have ever seen before, JIRGA follows one man’s quest for redemption set in one of the most dangerous places on earth: the boarder between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A modern morality tale about a former Australian soldier, Mike, who returns to Afghanistan to find the family of a civilian he accidentally killed during the war. Seeking forgiveness, he puts his life in the hands of the village justice system – the Jirga. Directed by Benjamin Gilmour,, who along with actor Sam Smith literally trekked through the dangerous territories of the film setting the month in order to make the film, JIRGA is a courageous and empathetic depiction of the human costs of the War on Terror.

*** Pre-show musical entertainment provided by Blue Child Collective. Margaret River Fluid Groovers, Blue Child Collective “are connecting people through music” (Scenstr), creating waves that have earned them a recent nomination for West Australian Music’s Best Regional Act, and shows this summer with Xavier Rudd, The Jungle Giants, The Teskey Brothers, Stella Donnelly, HOLY HOLY and more. Just back from an Australian tour, enjoy a stripped back duo performance of original songs from their brand new album ‘Wake Up To The Sound’ and three previous records.

From 5pm each night, guests can enjoy live music and a picnic dinner on Cottesloe Civic Centre’s beautiful manicured lawn, while watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean. In addition to pizza and John St Cafe’s highly-sought after Italian donuts and coffee, guests can now choose from a delicious array of burgers, burritos and nachos from the street food gurus, Clean Tasty Dirty.

EFTPOS available. Don't miss HAPPY HOUR from 5PM! No BYO alcohol. Thanks to our generous sponsors, the bar will be stocked with Forester Estate wines, Pirate Life beers and Aperol Spritz cocktails, as well as a section of soft drinks, juice and Carton Water. Part proceeds to Cottesloe Coastcare Association.

Tickets and gift certificates are now on sale. For more information, visit www.cottfilmfest.com.


5.00 - 11.00pm Friday, 08 February


Cottesloe Civic Centre
Napier Street
Cottesloe, Western Australia


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