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Project Description

Kandahar

Sydney Premiere | 2013

Director's Biography
Director's Biography
Born in Iran in 1957. Mohsen Makhmalbaf is a filmmaker, novelist, screenwriter, editor, producer and human rights activist.
Since his debut as a filmmaker in 1983 he has directed more than 20 feature films in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel, Turkey and several other countries. Winning over 50 awards at festivals world wide his films include “Gabbeh” (1996, Cannes Film Festival), “Kandahar” (2001) which was selected as one of the top 100 films of all time by TIME Magazine, and the acclaimed 2012 documentary “The Gardener”.

In addition to filmmaking Makhmalbaf lived in Afghanistan for a period of two years, carrying out numerous human rights projects including building schools and working towards a renewal of the Afghan cinema, which had been totally destroyed during the Taliban regime. The Iranian government has levied a ban on Makhmalbaf’s works and has threatened his safety over the years. Since leaving Iran in 2005 in protest against the pressure of censorship, Makhmalbaf is based in London and Paris.

Synopsis

Nafas is a young Afghan journalist, who took refuge in Canada. She receives a desperate letter from her younger sister, in Afghanistan, who has decided to put an end to her life before the eclipse. Nafas fled from her country during the civil war with the Taliban, but now decides to go back to Qandahar to give her sister assistance. She tries to enter from the irano-afghan border…

Festivals

  • Cannes Film Festival

Production Team

Director
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Country
Iran
Runtime 
85 min
Language
Persian with English Subtitles
Premiere Status 
Classification 
18+
Year
2001
Screenwriter 
Producer
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Cinematographer 
Editor
Cast
Ike Ogut, Nelofer Pazira & Hassan Tantai

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