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Safar e Ghandehar (2001)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, War | 1 February 2002 (USA)
After an Afghanistan-born woman who lives in Canada receives a letter from her suicidal sister, she takes a perilous journey through Afghanistan to try to find her.


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Credited cast:
Ike Ogut ...
Nelofer Pazira ...
Hassan Tantai ...
Tabib Sahid
Sadou Teymouri ...
Hoyatala Hakimi ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monica Hankievich
Noam Morgensztern ...
Three children (voice)
Zahra Shafahi
Safdar Shodjai
Mollazaher Teymouri


Nafas is a reporter who was born in Afghanistan, but fled with her family to Canada when she was a child. However, her sister wasn't so lucky; she lost her legs to a land mine while young, and when Nafas and her family left the country, her sister was accidentally left behind. Nafas receives a letter from her sister announcing that she's decided to commit suicide during the final eclipse before the dawn of the 21st century; desperate to spare her sister's life, Nafas makes haste to Afghanistan, where she joins a caravan of refugees who, for a variety of reasons, are returning to the war-torn nation. As Nafas searches for her sister, she soon gets a clear and disturbing portrait of the toll the Taliban regime has taken upon its people. Written by Ørnås

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Also Known As:

Kandahar  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$21,122, 16 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,122, 16 December 2001
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1.85 : 1
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The background score repeatedly used is in Sanskrit. It is a Hindu devotional hymn called "Suprabhata". See more »


Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »


Sri Satya Sai Suprbhatham
By Mohammad Reza Darvishi
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compassion & beauty in tragic suffering
28 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

I was moved by the beauty brought to a situation of suffering and tragedy. As our protagonist struggles to find her sister, the horrors of postwar Afghanistan are revealed through simple encounters with a variety of people with struggles of their own. The pacing, which may seem tedious to folks used to fast action, allows a lyrical visual beauty to arise where another filmmaker may have shown chaos. In turn, this lyrical beauty creates a stillness where compassion begins and grows. What was distant & abstract becomes close & personal. We're shown a perspective on war that is at once starkly simple and deeply caring.

I also enjoyed the taste of Persian culture. The legacy of Hafiz, Rumi & other great Persian poets flavors the vivid poetics of Makhmalbaf's cinematography, dialog, and plot structure. Quite a taut alternative to our American viewpoint.

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