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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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Alefbay-e afghan  »

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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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A real education. Don't miss it!
19 April 2002 | by (Aberystwyth, Wales) – See all my reviews

This was shown as part of the National Film Festival here in Denmark and it was one of the best. It is not clear to me whether all the scenes are "real" or whether any of it is following a written plot. While I'd be interested to know, I don't think my view would be changed with regard to its validity.

The subject is the attempts to initiate some education for Afghan refugee children in eastern Iran. It gives an idea of what life is like for these people. There are many awkward moments, as you would expect for children encountering some sort of schooling for the first time in their lives. Some of the boys have already had religious schooling in the mosque, but most of the Afghan boys are too poor to join in, so have had to stand away and learn what they can from a distance.

The later part of the film concentrates more on the girls class, and is very intense and moving. I hope all these children may learn enough to help their societies to overcome the war and corruption which has deprived them of such basic rights.

There were many new Arab films in the Danish festival, all those I saw were an education for me. Do try to see these films to get a better idea of the lives of real people and to learn how their culture works.

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