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284 Ratings


Safar e Ghandehar

Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Iran, France, 2001


A partly true, partly fictionalized story of a successful Afghan-Canadian, played by Nelofer Pazira, who returns to Afghanistan after receiving a letter from her sister, who was left behind when the family escaped, that she plans on committing suicide on the last solar eclipse of the millennium.

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Kandahar Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2001 | Winner: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

National Board of Review

2001 | Winner: Freedom of Expression Award

European Film Awards

2001 | Nominee: Screen International Award

Critics reviews

In many ways the qualities of Kandahar that derive from actuality operate as art ordinarily does — so that, for instance, the bad acting serves as well as good acting would to bring us closer to the people we’re seeing. In some ways, the bad acting may even serve better, because it allows more of the actors’ personal characteristics to shine through. Yet once we become aware of this, our responses to the actuality become aestheticized.
February 15, 2002
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