The Prince of Nothingwood
Director: Sonia Kronlund
Cast: Salem Shaheen
Country of Origin: France-Germany 2016 85 mins. (15)
Released by Vertigo Releasing
Salim Shaheen, a one-man film show, the larger than life 'Prince of Nothingwood' screens his mini budget, Bollywood style movies wherever he can to the delight of his adoring fans. The only member of an army unit to survive the 1982 Soviet-Afghan war by playing dead amongst real corpses, this Ed Wood of Afghan movies has made 110 films in the past 30 years. Bombings, shooting and the ever present threat from the Taliban doesn't deter the confident and charismatic Shaheen from following his dream. French radio journalist Sonia Kronlund moved from covering the war in Afghanistan to train her camera on Shaheen's latest project with the writer-director, actor, cameraman centre stage in a mix of crazy heroics, dancing, fighting and a touch of realism with the use of live ammo. A fascinating, behind the scenes celebration of a remarkable character and his obsession with cinema.