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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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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

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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The background score repeatedly used is in Sanskrit. It is a Hindu devotional hymn called "Suprabhata".See more »
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Sri Satya Sai SuprbhathamSee more »

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14 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating and harrowing, 6 May 2002
Author: JoeytheBrit from www.moviemoviesite.com

Filmed on the Iran/Afghanistan border, KANDAHAR is a semi-documentary style movie that chronicles the perilous journey undertaken by an expatriate female journalist, Nafas, to reach the city of Kandahar, where she hopes to rescue her sister from committing suicide during an impending eclipse. However, Nafas's odyssey is really little more than a device to lift the veil on the poverty and hardship of life in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

Through a series of vignettes, the movie succeeds beautifully in revealing insights that are both fascinating and harrowing. It is almost impossible to imagine a culture so far removed from the relatively comfortable life enjoyed by more ‘civilised' nations. Young boys rock back and forth, reciting the Koran while learning to become Mullahs, pausing only to recite the meaning and purpose of the sabre and semi-automatic machine gun when prompted by their teacher; young girls have lessons in how to resist the temptation to pick up possibly booby-trapped dolls; a doctor treats his female patient by speaking to them via children as they sit either side of a makeshift screen, and conducts his examinations through a small hole in the screen; the threat and consequences of land-mines pervade everybody's life, and year-long waits for prosthetic legs are commonplace, so that prosthetics become a black-market currency.

True, the acting is poor – most of the cast are non-professionals, many never even having seen a moving picture before appearing in this film – but, the purpose of this movie was not to dazzle us with superior acting; it was to open an eye to the hardship endured by both men and women in an oppressive regime, and, at this, it succeeds beautifully.

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