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(Safar-e Ghandehar)

by Mohsen Makhmalbaf




Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Script: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Cinematographer: Ebrahim Ghafouri

Sound: Berhouz Shahamat, Faroukh Fadaï

Editing: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Music: Mohamad Reza Darvishi

Cast: Niloufar Pazira, Hassan Tantaï, Sadou Teymouri, Hayatalah Hakimi

Production: Makhmalbaf Film House

Le Petit bureau
19 avenue de la Porte Brunet
75019 Paris
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Year: 2001

35 mm, Colour, 85 mn, 
OV perdan with French Subtitles

Cannes Film Festival 2001
Oeucumenical Prize
Federico Fellini Medal, UNESCO 2001


Born in Afghanistan, Nafas is exiled in Canada where she works as a journalist specialised in the condition of women in the world. One day, she gets a desperate letter from Afghanistan sent by her younger sister. Victim of an antipersonnel mine a few years before, her both legs were amputated. She wrote her sister that during next solar eclipse, she intends to put an end to her sufferings as an Afghan woman. In order to prevent her sister from doing what cannot be undone, Nafas decides to go back to Kandahar by all means. She tries to cross the frontier between Iran and Afghanistan. She discovers a world where every one is ready to lie, compelled to think only of himself to survive. While filming this woman travelling in a country she does not know any more in order to save her sister from her suicidal plans, Makhmalbaf distances himself to grasp at the hidden pain of these many faceless women. “Kandahar” has been chosen as one of the top 100 best movies of history of cinema by Times Magazine.

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