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Safar e Ghandehar (2001)

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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Mohsen Makhmalbaf

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Cast

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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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:

$21,122, 16 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,122, 16 December 2001
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1.85 : 1
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The background score repeatedly used is in Sanskrit. It is a Hindu devotional hymn called "Suprabhata". See more »

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Referenced in Escape from Taliban (2003) See more »

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Sri Satya Sai Suprbhatham
By Mohammad Reza Darvishi
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Red Cross in Afghanistan
2 June 2006 | by amb5-1See all my reviews

A poster wrote "There is one remarkable scene wherein hordes of desperate, one-legged men hobble on crutches across the desert as Red Cross helicopters rain prosthetic limbs down onto the sands below". Well, the scene was total B***S***! The Red Cross has worked in Afghanistan for nearly 30 years and for probably half that time has had the world's largest orthopaedic programme. Each and every limb is made to fit for each person and then there are weeks of rehabilitation in one of the many well equipped orthopaedic centres around the country after the limb has been fitted. There is no need to buy and sell them on the black market because they are free of charge to anyone who needs one. Always have been and always will be. There is also no way on earth that the Red Cross ortho programme has ever been run out of tents in the desert and absolutely no way the Red Cross ever dropped double prosthetics out of helicopters or planes. The entire scene is an insult to the Red Cross. And before you howl me down I have been working in Afghanistan and have seen the work done by the Red Cross before, during and after the rule of the Taliban. The writer, producers and directors should be ashamed of themselves.


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