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Kandahar (2001)

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Original title: Safar e Ghandehar

Release Date
 USA: Dec 14, 2001
 UK: 15 Aug 2001
DVD Release Date
 R1: May 13, 2003
 R2: 26 Aug 2002

Official Website:
Kandahar Website

Running Time
1 hour, 25 minutes

Country Iran, France

Studio Bac Films, Makhmalbaf Productions

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Other Titles
• Safar e Ghandehar
• The Sun Behind the Moon
• Safar e Gandehar

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Genre: Drama, True Story, On The Road, Experimental, Thieves, Suspense, Disturbing, Doctor

Plot: Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf presents this partially fictionalized documentary that illustrates the suffering of Afghan women under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan in the year 2000. The quiet, stark, powerful film follows an Afghan native, Nafas (the stunningly beautiful Noulifar Pazira), who left Afghanistan years back and got a journalism degree in Canada, upon which she built a career reporting the plight of women in oppressive nations. When she receives a letter from her sister, who is still in Afghanistan and who has decided that she will kill herself on the night of the next eclipse, Nafas decides to sneak back inside the border to rescue her. Traveling in a Red Cross helicopter to Pakistan, where she is lead on a treacherous all-night trek across an icy river and over deadly mountains, Nafas finally crosses over the border. But from there she must get to Kandahar, with only three days left before the eclipse. As a woman in Afghanistan she cannot speak out loud, travel without a husband, or show her face, elements which make her journey nearly impossible. Disguised in a heavy head-to-toe burka (the mandatory dress for women), she begins a Kafkaesque journey across the barren land, encountering obstacles both threatening and mesmerizing along the way.

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 Directed by
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
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 Written by
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
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Nelofer Pazira
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 Music By
Mohammad Reza Darvishi
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