Born of War

Synopsis: The mountainous and remote Wakhan corridor 1988. Daphne, a young English rose finds herself in over her head. Accused of the murder of a young boy from a tribal family at a time of war between the local people and foreign invaders, she must flee for her life and take a new identity. 2011.The halls of Oxford University in England. Mina, a female student, is a beautiful misfit, living at home as she can't afford campus fees. One night her everyday life is turned upside down and all that she has assumed about who she is is destroyed in a violent invasion on her family home. Her parents are murdered and only herself and her 10 year old sister survive. They are then taken into protection, and the real truth is revealed: Mina's mother had a dark secret. Daphne was not only accused of murder back in 1988, but had an illicit and dangerous affair with the leader of the tribal family with whom she stayed. Mina is his daughter, and he wants her back. Mina is repulsed by her true identity. She tri
Director(s): Vicky Jewson
Production: Grindstone Entertainment Group
109 min


- Dad, can I come, too?

- Oh!

Not till you're older.

But then you can sit

at the head of the table, by me.

Go to your nanny.

I'm very proud of Musab.

I don't want him to grow up to be a slave.

A slave like me,

like all of us.

We don't want our children to be slaves.

- No.

- No.

Okay, time for homework.

Can I go and visit my mother first?






Hide and seek!

One, two...

They call us warlords.

Lords of what?

We are landowners,

leaders of provinces.

But what does that count for

if the government takes its orders

from Soviets or America?

We are pawns and they push us

where they choose to.

Well, I won't be pushed any further.

...14, 15...

Musab, let's go back into the house.

We can play inside, okay?


Musab! Somebody help me!

Where is my son?

Where is my son?


Saeed! Saeed!

Musab! We have to stop the fire.

Musab! Musab.


Musab. Please.

Oh, please!

Who told them we were here?

Who is the traitor?

Habibi... Habibi!

Why are you here?

Why have you come

with that camera around your neck?

I... I was just travelling.

In a war zone?

There was no fighting when I got here.

But there is now.

No, I...

I ran out of money.

Khalid's offered me a job.

In his bed.

That's how you fooled him.



Who told the Soviets?


Who's running away?


Blood will have blood.

And then you've got a month

to work on your final papers.

Okay? All right, have a good weekend.

So do you know

who you're going to work with?

I'm working with Tanya.

Right. Okay, cool.

- It's Mina, right?

- Yeah.

Are you American?

Yeah. Well, my parents aren't

but I was born there,

so I guess the accent stuck.

Bad luck.



I think these are your

coursework suggestions.

You dumped them in my pidge by mistake.

- Thank you.

- So, um...

Mum, I want to live at college.

We're only eight miles away.

I'm not asking you to pay for it.

I'll get my own job.

Mi, O don't know if we can

keep this going without you.

What about after Oxford?

I can't keep working at the farm forever.

What do you want?

My own life.

I don't know.

- Mina, what's a blowjob?

- What?

What are you reading?

Okay, that's bedtime.

Oh, but I want to stay up.

Did you read J-17 when you were 17?

No, I read it when I was nine, like you.

Are you going to live somewhere else?

What? Who told you that?

I heard Dad tell Mum she was

getting a job at the supermarket

so you could leave and live somewhere else.


do you really want to stay up?

Turn off the light, though. Shh.


Okay, come on.

Come on.

Up we go. Okay.


Shh. Sit, okay?

Leave her alone.

Tie them.

Don't touch her.

Don't touch her.

What have you got in here, huh?

Now get Mina and the girl.

How do they know your name?

Careful. Don't injure them.

- Not until we are filming.

- No!

Don't fucking move.

Mum! Mum!

Come here.

- Get the phone.

- It's dead.

- Run! Now!

- Mum!

F*ck you!


I swear to God I'll fucking kill them.

You would have killed them already!

Now, Mina, now!

Run, go, go! Go!

- Go. Go!

- Run!

- Take her.

- Mom!

Ring this number. Ring this number.

Just say the code.

- The phone's dead.

- What?

Right, out of the window.

To the neighbours, go.

No, Mom...

I'll stay here with Mum.

Now, don't worry. She'll be all right.

It's just a surface wound.

I'll be fine. I'll be fine.

Go. Please, for me.


- Go!

- Get Dee out of here now!

- Go, go, go, go!

- Mum! Mum!

Get Dee out of here! Go!

Please, please.

The village shop.

There's... There's a payphone.

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