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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
Like many films from Muslim countries, "Kandahar" is vitally concerned with female emancipation
The film's great success with audiences was in part due to the timing of its release, at a moment when Afghanistan had been catapulted into the headlines by the activities of the Taliban and the attacks of September 11, 2001
But the motion picture, directed by one of Iran's most prominent film artists, is much more than a story pulled out from the headlines It stars Nelofer Pazira, a female journalist, based in Canada, playing Nafas, who is trying to get into Afghanistan to reach her sister who lives in Kandahar Nafas's sister is threatening suicide because of the intolerable oppression of women by the Taliban
In the course of her long and dangerous journey, Nafas encounters a mixed array of Afghan people, many of them refugees An old man agrees to take her into the country disguised as his fourth wife Later she acquires a young boy, Khak (Sadou Teymouri), as her guide after he has been expelled from a religious school On the way she meets Tabib Sahid, an African-American who had come to fight the Soviets but who is now practicing medicine
"Kandahar" mixes documentary authenticity with extraordinary moments of visual strangeness ad beauty The Burka is an ever-present symbol of women's subjugation, yet underneath women wear varnished nails and lipstick, and their brightly-colored robes affirm their individuality The film placed the suffering of the Afghan people, particularly the women, on an international stage
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