Kandahar: Journey into the heart of Afghanistan

Starring: Niloufar Pazira Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Rating 3.5
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 25 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2001
  • Label: New Yorker Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette: LIFTING THE VEIL
    • Audio Commentary: Nelofir Pazira - Star
    • Trailers:
      1. International Trailer
      2. Original U.S. Trailer
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Access
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Stills/Photos
    • Biographies:
      1. Mohsen Makhmalbaf - Director
      2. Select Cast

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Entertainment Reviews:

New York Times - 12/14/2001
"...The director displays talent by providing notes of absurdity and unforgettable visuals....His compensatory touches have a jaw-dropping power..."
Sight and Sound - 01/01/2002
"...[Makhmalbaf's] artful deployment of colour, imagery and irony frequently gives a strange otherworldliness to what, in other hands, would be straight reportage..."
Los Angeles Times - 01/11/2002
"..A powerful depiction of oppression and hardship under Taliban rule….KANDAHAR is a film of passion and immediacy…"
USA Today - 05/16/2003
"...One of the most visually stunning movies since Martin Scorsese's KUNDUN..."

Product Description:

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.

Plot Keywords:

Desert | Journalists / Journalism | Recommended | Taliban | Theatrical Release | True Story | Women

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  • Sales Rank: 54,628
  • UPC: 717119853341
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