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At Five in the Afternoon (2003)

Panj é asr (original title)
In a post-Taliban Afghanistan a young woman (Agheleh Rezaie) attends school against her conservative father's will, hoping to learn more about democracy to fulfill her dream of being the country's next president.



(novel), (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Agheleh Rezaie ...
Abdolgani Yousefrazi ...
Razi Mohebi ...
Marzieh Amiri ...


Nogreh is a young Afghani woman living with her father and her sister-in-law, Leylomah, whose husband, Akhtar, is missing. Beyond the issue of Akhtar, Leylomah is most concerned with how to feed her baby. She cannot provide milk for her baby as her own hunger is preventing her from lactating. Nogreh, however, aspires toward a life in a western styled democracy. Although the Taliban are no longer in power in Afghanistan, traditional forces are still active in the country. Nogreh often displays signs of rebellion, such as wearing a pair of white pumps instead of the traditional slipper beneath her burqa. But mostly, Nogreh wants to be educated. Without her father's knowledge, Nogreh is attending a secular girls school. Ultimately, she wants to become President of Afghanistan. With the help of a Pakistani refugee who likes her as a woman, Nogreh tries to understand exactly what forces led to current world leaders being elected, those forces which she wants to emulate. Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

20 August 2003 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A las cinco de la tarde  »

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1.85 : 1
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Samira Makhmalbaf had difficulty casting the lead role of Nogreh because many women refused to appear on camera without their burqa. Agheleh Rezaie was her second choice after the initial woman she cast dropped out after Makhmalbaf said she would have to show her face to the camera. See more »


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From Fuente Grande to Kabul
19 February 2006 | by (Barcelona, Spain) – See all my reviews

The movie title, and one of its main axis, comes after a fragment of a poem written by Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca, called 'Llanto por la muerte de Ignacio Sánchez Mejías', dedicated to the death in 1934 of a Spanish Torero.

This poem is often seen as a premonition of Garcia Lorca's own dead, near Fuente Grande, and of the Civil War that was soon to desolate Spain.

Samira Makhmalbaf comes again with an anguishing tale of a woman that wants to believe in the role of women in a modern society while her own family is disintegrating around her.

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