A young girl zealously wants to go to school and learn to read and write. Almost everywhere she is met with hostility or indifference. The only young boy who takes her to his school is ...
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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.
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A young girl zealously wants to go to school and learn to read and write. Almost everywhere she is met with hostility or indifference. The only young boy who takes her to his school is thrown out by the teacher, because helping her prevented him from coming in time. - It must not go unnoticed that the schoolgirls and the female teacher are likewise hostile toward this girl. None of them want her in the classroom. On her way home she and other girls are taken as prisoners by boys playing talibans. They tear her school book to pieces (or rather what was left of it after the schoolgirls had done the same thing.) The "taliban boys" threaten to stone their girl prisoners (although in this movie there is little real physical violence against girls). The girl's attempts end in complete failure. (Whatever moods of the scenes throughout the entire movie, the acting by the central girl is really impressive.) Written by
Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden
Sometimes in life the simplest pleasures are the best, how true that statement really is. Sometimes in cinema the simplest plots are the best, in the case of 'Buddha collapsed of Shame' the latter statement is certainly true. In a part of the world renowned for its danger yet quite unknown, the very essence of the movie to portray life in the remote regions of Afghanistan through the eyes of a six year old girl is a masterstroke. It does away with the needless baggage that an adult would bring with them such as their political views, their in-purity and lack of innocence. The beautiful thing about it is the aim of our 'hero' is so very simple as are her ideals, yet because of the world she lives in she is presented with at times terrifying challenges. It truly is a ride that invigorates various emotions throughout it, and at the end of it all you leave it comforted yet troubled.
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