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The Black Tulip (2010)

Unrated | | Drama, Family | 26 October 2012 (USA)
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The Mansouri family opens up a new restaurant after the fall of the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan only to be subsequently targeted by factional Taliban elements.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Haji Gul Aser ...
Hadar Mansouri
Farishta Mansouri
Akram Zabuli
Somajia Razaya ...
Belkis Mansouri
Hosna Tanha ...
Bobo Jan
Basir Mujaheed ...
Karim Jaweed ...
Omar Zabuli
Sadaf Yarmal ...
Satara Mansouri
Colonel Williams
Colonel Tanelli
Payenda Joyenda ...
Gul (Old Waiter)
Asadullah Salehi ...
Officer Raheem
Adeda Frotan ...
Shafi Sahel ...
Old Afghan Poet
Masi Norry ...


When Taliban authorities deny the turning over of Osama Bin Laden post 911, U.S. Forces rout their leadership from Kabul and free its Afghan citizens from the brutal grip of spiritual henchman Mullah Mohammed Omar and that of his dark-age Sharia led leadership. Seizing upon this new and volatile window of freedom, matriarch Farishta Mansouri along with her husband Hadar normalize their family's efforts by turning her deceased father's Soviet destroyed bookstore into a restaurant. A place of hope called "The Poet's Corner" along with an open microphone, a small stage and an invitation for all Afghans to read their poetry, voice is now given to the voiceless. Both men and women now have a safe, equal and inviting place to tell their stories and to sing their songs. But like a lightening rod, these new voices of freedom attract the darkest, lingering factional Taliban elements who then target the Mansouri family in the most heinous ways imaginable. In their efforts to silence the ... Written by David M. O'Neill

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Freedom is Never Free


Drama | Family



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$5,300,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Official submission of Afghanistan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011. See more »

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Amateurish bore
6 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

"Black Tulip" is a bore. It's an amateurish first film directed and starring an apparently talentless and inexperienced Beverly Hills socialite who decided to cast herself in a lead role. Reviewers have called the film "simplistic" "heavy-handed" and "obvious." Variety wrote, ""Tulip" has the conviction as well as the artlessness of a saber-rattling speech at a political fundraising dinner." The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "Cole is similarly green as a director, sometimes clumsy with camera placement, but casting herself in a lead role was especially problematic. She's the weakest actor here, laughing her way through scenes in which laughter makes little sense."

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