Kandahar (DVD)

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ITEM# 2796586
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    ITEM#: 2796586

    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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    UPC 717119853341
    Studio New Yorker Films
    Format DVD
    Genre Foreign Video - Other
    Rating Not Rated
    Dimensions 5.75" x 0.53" x 7.75" WxHxD
    Weight 0.25 lbs
    Stars Hassan Tantai, Sadou Teymouri, Niloufar Pazira, Hayatalah Hakimi
    Directors Mohsen Makhmalbaf

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      This video offers an interesting view into the lives of some of Afghanistan's injured common folk (from landmines), the treatment and expectations of women, and the inhospitable environment/topography upon which these people attempt to make a living. Although the ending leaves one speculating, the emotions, interplay of characters, and realistic setting make this video valuable for anyone seeking a little information about Afghanistan. It's definitely worth viewing.

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    • This film is fabulous! It uncovers the life of all Afgans under the Taliban's rule. From the schools the boys must attend to the manner in which a woman must see the doctor. The vast difference between their world and ours is amazing. And to think that this is their reality.

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