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Safar e Ghandehar
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24 October 2001 (France) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Like many films from Muslim countries, "Kandahar" is vitally concerned with female emancipation… See more (54 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Ike Ogut ... Naghadar

Nelofer Pazira ... Nafas
Hassan Tantai ... Tabib Sahid
Sadou Teymouri ... Khak
Hoyatala Hakimi ... Hayat
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monica Hankievich
Noam Morgensztern ... Three children (voice)
Zahra Shafahi
Safdar Shodjai
Mollazaher Teymouri
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Directed by
Mohsen Makhmalbaf 
 
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Mohsen Makhmalbaf 

Produced by
Mohsen Makhmalbaf .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mohammad Reza Darvishi  (as M.R. Darvishi)
 
Cinematography by
Ebrahim Ghafori 
 
Film Editing by
Mohsen Makhmalbaf 
 
Art Direction by
Akbar Meshkini 
 
Production Management
Siamak Alagheband .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mojtaba Mirtahmasb .... assistant director
Kaveh Moinfar-Tabinghobi .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Akbar Meshkini .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Faroukh Fadace .... sound
Hussein Mahdavi .... sound designer
Hussein Mahdavi .... sound effects editor
Behroz Shahamat .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hossein Amiri .... assistant camera
 
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Phil Hall .... film publicist
 

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Also Known As:
"Safar e Ghandehar" - Iran (original title)
"The Sun Behind the Moon" - International (English title)
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85 min | USA:81 min
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This movie was filmed mostly the Iranian desert. Secretly, this movie was also filmed in desert Afganistan, without the Taliban's permission.See more »
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Sri Satya Sai SuprbhathamSee more »

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Like many films from Muslim countries, "Kandahar" is vitally concerned with female emancipation…, 7 December 2008

The film's great success with audiences was in part due to the timing of its release, at a moment when Afghanistan had been catapulted into the headlines by the activities of the Taliban and the attacks of September 11, 2001…

But the motion picture, directed by one of Iran's most prominent film artists, is much more than a story pulled out from the headlines… It stars Nelofer Pazira, a female journalist, based in Canada, playing Nafas, who is trying to get into Afghanistan to reach her sister who lives in Kandahar… Nafas's sister is threatening suicide because of the intolerable oppression of women by the Taliban…

In the course of her long and dangerous journey, Nafas encounters a mixed array of Afghan people, many of them refugees… An old man agrees to take her into the country disguised as his fourth wife… Later she acquires a young boy, Khak (Sadou Teymouri), as her guide after he has been expelled from a religious school… On the way she meets Tabib Sahid, an African-American who had come to fight the Soviets but who is now practicing medicine…

"Kandahar" mixes documentary authenticity with extraordinary moments of visual strangeness ad beauty… The Burka is an ever-present symbol of women's subjugation, yet underneath women wear varnished nails and lipstick, and their brightly-colored robes affirm their individuality… The film placed the suffering of the Afghan people, particularly the women, on an international stage…

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