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The Afghan Alphabet (2002)
"Alefbay-e afghan" (original title)

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Documentary showing the life of children of the Afghan villages bordering Iran, and how their life and culture were affected by Taliban regime.

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Documentary showing the life of children of the Afghan villages bordering Iran, and how their life and culture were affected by Taliban regime.

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6 April 2002 (USA)  »

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In 2002 about 3 million Afghan Refugee were living in Iran. From those about 700,000 were Afghan Children who were not allowed to go to Iranian schools because of their illegal status in Iran. After this movie was made, this subject became controversial and finally the Iranian Majlis (Parliament) passed a bill in which the Afghani children were allowed to go to school and it resulted in 500,000 kids getting education. See more »

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Good intention but not flawless
22 March 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I have seen this movie on television and it made me quite upset. It shows the problems of Afghan refugee children who want to learn but many of them aren't allowed to join an official school. Especially girls are still very afraid and misled by Mullahs.

The problem with this movie is that it comes along as a documentary. I didn't realize that it was a movie and NOT a documentary. There were several scenes when I thought "Strange, how were they able to film this? Why does the girl allow them to film her now but not a few minutes ago? And why do those little girls talk to each other in such a mature way? They use phrases that sound odd from a little girl's mouth." Only today I realized that it was a movie. I think it should be clear if a piece of media is imagination or documentation. Otherwise the audience is misled.


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