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Act of Dishonour (2010)

 |  Drama  |  June 2010 (UK)
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In a land beset by endless strife, nothing must get in the way of the preservation of honour - even if that means sacrificing a loved one. Mena, a young, beautiful bride-to-be, lives in a ... See full summary »

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In a land beset by endless strife, nothing must get in the way of the preservation of honour - even if that means sacrificing a loved one. Mena, a young, beautiful bride-to-be, lives in a small, remote village in northern Afghanistan, a harsh landscape that still shimmers with breathtaking colours. Respecting the deeply conservative local customs, she and her fiancé, Rahmat, have little contact yet cherish a special bond. The arrival of a Canadian film crew briefly opens a window on a new world for Mena, a foray beyond the boundaries of convention that leads her inexorably down a dangerous road. Directed by Nelofer Pazira, the star of Mohsen Makhmalbaf's acclaimed Kandahar and co-director of the documentary Return to Kandahar, Act of Dishonour is a compelling drama in which East and West, love and honour, modernity and custom collide with tragic consequences. In this rich microcosm of a fractured society, many stories intertwine, including those of Mejgan, the Afghan-Canadian ... Written by press kit

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A very noble challenge
22 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

Nelofer Pazira's work takes the makers of the film, some of the cast, and the viewers to a village in northern Afghanistan, near the Afghan-Tajik border, where the people who live there, by definition amateur actors, join them - in realising this movie as an experience for everyone involved.

The story is more than the interplay of the fictive and part-fictive characters, or the plot in a narrow sense. When you shoot something on film, you are always a part of the story, be your interest fiction or non-fiction, and in fact the two categories can never be so clearly separated. This somewhat trivial statement holds very true in Afghanistan and also for director Nelofer Pazira's past work which has always been in acknowledgement of this (for an example, her earlier documentary "Audition" is very much recommended at this point, also given how it is related to this movie in several ways).

That said, maybe you should just forget what I wrote up to this point, because this film is first of all a movie. It can be enjoyed and reflected on as such. You will get to know a good deal about life in a village in northern Afghanistan. It is just that the people in the story, including the Afghan villagers, are not merely "people-unto-themselves" here, as you encounter them reading shallow news reports on the country, but "people-for-themselves," if I may put it that way. Real human beings whose motivations the movie challenges you to understand. And perhaps this challenge works so well exactly because of the blending of fiction and non-fiction that is constantly there underneath the surface of its plot.


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