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The Sun Behind the Moon (2001)

Safar e Ghandehar (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, War | 1 February 2002 (USA)
After an Afghanistan-born woman who lives in Canada receives a letter from her suicidal sister, she takes a perilous journey through Afghanistan to try to find her.

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Credited cast:
Ike Ogut Ike Ogut ... Naghadar
Nelofer Pazira Nelofer Pazira ... Nafas
Hassan Tantai Hassan Tantai ... Tabib Sahid
Sadou Teymouri Sadou Teymouri ... Khak
Hoyatala Hakimi Hoyatala Hakimi ... Hayat
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Monica Hankievich Monica Hankievich
Noam Morgensztern Noam Morgensztern ... Three children (voice)
Zahra Shafahi Zahra Shafahi
Safdar Shodjai Safdar Shodjai
Mollazaher Teymouri Mollazaher Teymouri
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Storyline

Nafas is a reporter who was born in Afghanistan, but fled with her family to Canada when she was a child. However, her sister wasn't so lucky; she lost her legs to a land mine while young, and when Nafas and her family left the country, her sister was accidentally left behind. Nafas receives a letter from her sister announcing that she's decided to commit suicide during the final eclipse before the dawn of the 21st century; desperate to spare her sister's life, Nafas makes haste to Afghanistan, where she joins a caravan of refugees who, for a variety of reasons, are returning to the war-torn nation. As Nafas searches for her sister, she soon gets a clear and disturbing portrait of the toll the Taliban regime has taken upon its people. Written by Ørnås

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Biography | Drama | War

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Details

Official Sites:

Makhmalbaf Film House

Country:

Iran | France

Language:

Persian | English | Pushto | Polish

Release Date:

1 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kandahar See more »

Filming Locations:

Afghanistan Border, Iran

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,866, 16 December 2001

Gross USA:

$1,418,314

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,914,751
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1.85 : 1
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Unbelievable life conditions
2 February 2002 | by stenssonSee all my reviews

If you really want to know, especially if you are a woman, how it was and in many ways probably still is, to live in Afghanistan, you should see this movie. This is truly shocking, without any seen physical violence. But the violence here is anyway bigger than in most "action movies" together.

The plot is about the Afghanian woman who is living in Canada. She has, through un-official ways, heard that her sister, still living i Kandahar, is planning to commit suicide. The Canadian/Afghanian woman tries to reach her sister and Kandahar. But there are obstacles, so to say.

This is like seeing a documentary and you get a real illusion of the terrible Afghan life. It deforms everyone, but it's also clear that it's not only the Taliban regime which is to blame for everything. Poverty deforms people morally. It even deforms the war victims without legs, who tries to cheat in rough ways to get prosthesis, obviously in order to sell them.

This is to be recommended. Definitely not a mainstream film.


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