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Safar e Ghandehar

Mohsen Makhmalbaf Iran, 2001

Joel's rating of the film Kandahar

At first scene I was concerned for what felt like an outsider's perspective, convenient (though awkward) english dialoge and the initial entry point feeling like a voyeuristic westerner hoping to find some savages. Well I was pleasantly surprised and overwhelmed by a handful of scenes of real beauty and humanity. It is a film that suffers from some uneven moments but the humanistic impact of the film still holds.