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The Miscreants of Taliwood takes us on an extraordinary journey to another forbidden zone -- the remote Tribal Belt of the Northwest Frontier of Pakistan.
Director George Gittoes gathers an astonishing cast of characters, as they dodge the anti-entertainment forces, and are caught in the current of events which are turning back the clock on the digital age. To enter this world, Gittoes dresses in local costume, and agrees to become an actor in the low-budget Pashto Telie Movie industry. Teaming up with Pashto action and comedy stars, they make the 'last telie movie' -- an over the top action drama, played out in what must be one of the craziest of film locations -- just a cave or two away from where the most wanted man in the world runs 'Terror Central.'
In this full-of-surprises doc-drama blend, the Telie Movies, with their hilarious adaptation of American movie culture -- meets village story teller and Bollywood style -- are intercut with the real life drama of Gittoes' extreme journey into the no-go zone of the Taliban controlled Tribal Belt. As the Director gets into stride as a Telie-Movie bad-guy, and the drama script hits its punch lines, Pakistan hits real life meltdown. Gittoes cuts into the socio-political heat and opens up the dichotomies of global/regional popular culture, gathering the fall out from both a polarised fundamentalist Islamic perspective and that of the permissive West.
The Miscreants of Taliwood plays with a question relevant to us all: what is real, what is unreal and what is too real, in a post digital world? And who controls it?
This film originally aired as part of Doc-Debut, a series on Link TV highlighting unique and groundbreaking international documentary films. Each week features the US television premiere of a new foreign doc, offering American audiences unprecedented perspectives on world events and culture, as seen through the eyes of individuals across the globe. The series also provides a unique outlet for films by independent directors and producers to reach a much wider international audience.