The Giant Buddhas is a documentary by SwissfilmmakerChristian Frei about the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamyan in Afghanistan. It was released in March 2006. The movie makes the controversial claim (quoting a local Afghan) that the destruction was ordered by Osama Bin Laden and that initially, Mullah Omar and the Afghans in Bamyan had opposed the destruction.Times Internet Limited (2006) . Retrieved October 16, 2006.
Awards and nominations
The film won the Leipzig DOK Festival Silver Dove award in 2005, and was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize for World cinema-documentaries at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and a Swiss Film Prize for Best Documentary at the 2006 Swiss Film Prize.Internet Movie Database Inc. (1990-2006). . Retrieved November 1, 2006