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Stones of Eden, The

(25 mins)What the creator, William Furman, has produced is a seductively photographed, impressionistic, superficial, but appealing vignette of rural Afghan agricultural life as revealed through a greatly telescoped year with a single Afghan family, whose natural photogenic qualities suffer, at times to an uncomfortable degree, from romantic overdirection. To these fragmentary glimpses of rural life, continuity is injected by means of the narration, the content and tremulous delivery of which are frequently embarrassingly sentimental.