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Dastaguir sits besides the side of a road, his little grandson Yassin by his side. The desolate Afghan landscape spreads out around him: a partially destroyed bridge, a dry riverbed below, arid mountains in the distance, and a long, dusty road reaching its vanishing point at the horizon.
The road leads to a distant mine – a destination dreaded and yet sought out by Dastaguir. He reluctantly undertakes this journey to see his son, Yassin’s father, who works at the mine. He must tell him that their village has been bombed and their family killed. It’s a difficult task for the old man who is torn between his own grief, unbearable solitude and the codes of honor so deeply engrained in the Afghan soul.
While struggling with so many conflicting emotions, Dastaguir comes across various strangers on his way: a grumpy guard in his sentry house, a philosophical merchant, a mysterious veiled woman who endlessly waits, and other victims of this vile war that continues elsewhere, off screen.
“Earth and Ashes” is a fable about devastating loss, redemption and the perseverance of the human spirit when confronted with the atrocities of war.