• 2001
  • Iran / France
  • 1h 24min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
  • Written by: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
  • Cast: Nelofer Pazira, Hassan Tantai, Sadou Teymouri, Hoyatala Hakimi, Dawud Salahuddin
  • Language: Persian, English, Pashtu, Polish

'Kandahar' (based on the life story of Pazira) is the story of an Afghan exile, Nafas, who returns to Afghanistan to find her suicidal sister. The sister has sunk into depression under the Taliban's oppression of women. Don't expect good production values (though there is some extraordinary visual poetry), nor professional performances - Makhmalbaf and Pazira filmed on the hoof with a starving crew. Expect a film that's deeply moving and disturbing and uplifting. Expect a film about Taliban-ruled Afghanistan that's barely fictionalised at all.

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