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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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A long strange journey into the past in the present. 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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Additional Details

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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Tabib Sahid is played by Hassan Tantai AKA David Belfield and is under indictment in the United States for the murder of Iranian Diplomat Ali Akbar Tabatabai in 1980.See more »
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18 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A long strange journey into the past in the present., 29 November 2004
Author: Chris Bright from London

This is an extremely beautiful film which inhabits a visual and emotional territory somewhere between Werner Herzog and Pasolini.

As others have stated, the actors are non-professionals and the plot is not the stuff of Hollywood melodrama. However the images and sounds are haunting and profound. Mahkmalbaf is truly a poet of the cinema.

The film does not attempt to make a political analysis of the situation of Afghanistan in 2001, but operates on a more humanistic and emotional level, showing the human consequences, the poverty both material and spiritual of life under the Taliban and the indifference of the outside world.

The "doctor" character, far from being implausible, is played by a real person with a very similar history. He is also a stand-in within the film for Makhmalbaf himself, who started as an Islamic fundamentalist revolutionary but has moved towards a more open-minded humanism.

The film itself describes a circle, the first scene is also the last, the sun shining through a burqa onto a woman's face. Between are unforgettable images, and a transit across a surreal and nightmarish landscape. Surrender yourself and you will really feel you have been on a journey.

The UK DVD also includes "The Afghan Alphabet" a similarly fictionalised documentary on the struggle to bring education to the three million or so Afghan refugees in Iran.

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