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Director:
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
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Winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival this year, KANDAHAR is inspired by the true story of a woman's attempt to enter Afghanistan to reach her sister living in the Taliban-controlled city of Kandahar. Nafas, a female journalist born in Afghanistan who fled the country as a teenager, receives a letter from her sister, who, overcome with grief over being maimed by a landmine and her despair over the systemic oppression of women, has vowed that she will commit suicide at the time of the next solar eclipse, which is only three days away. Nafas must race against time and disguise herself by wearing the traditional head-to-toe covering of the burka. Since it is illegal for women to travel alone, she must seek help from various Afghan characters to find her way to Kandahar.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    This remarkably revealing and timely film, in which the depiction of pain and sorrow is suffused with a sense of beauty and a graceful, flowing style, more than lives up to glowing...

  • 80

    Variety Deborah Young

    A visually exalting, emotionally horrifying view of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime.

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Kandahar feels like a Magritte painting rendered in sand tones, and your eyes are drawn to the screen. There aren't enough of these moments, though, and Mr. Makhmalbaf lessens thei...

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