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Seville Signature Collection. Special Features 16x9 widesreen, Exclusive commentary track by Nelofer Pazira, "Lifting the Veil" documentary, stills gallery, International Trailer, Cast and Director Bios,English/Farsi audio, English or French subtitles, and Bilingual menus.

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  • Directors: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
  • Producers: and Studio Canal Makhmalbaf Film House. BAC Films
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067DFL

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason on April 2, 2003
Format: DVD
As strange as it seems, this movie benefited greatly from the 9/11 attacks in America and the subsequent exposure the oppresive Taliban regime received in the media. While this movie was shot in and around Afghanistan refugee camps in Iran, it shows what life was like for many in Afghanistan prior to the events of 9/11.
Based on a true story, the film follows an Afghan refugee (living in Canada) who attempts to travel from the Iranian border to Kandahar to rescue her sister who intends to kill herself at the next full moon. However the true story is about the journey itself, not the destination. Along the way we meet many Afghani's toiling to survive, and a few foreigners who have come to Afghanistan for different reasons. The cast features no professional actors, mostly actual Afghanis.
The DVD has great picture and sound quality, including a very insightful commentary by, and documentary about the lead actress... whom the whole story is originally based upon.
This is not a movie for those looking for a military action piece. This is a beautiful, thoughful, evocative film about a country with deep traditions that is quickly deteriorating.
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This beautiful film is a semi-fictional journey through a lawless section of Afghanistan under Taliban rule. The main character, Nafas, is an Afghan woman who has lived many years in the West, returns to rescue her sister. Everyday details of life are beautifully portrayed: the women in colorful burqas, applying make-up under their veils; Prosthetic legs being dropped from helicopters, drifting down on parachutes, to serve the many crippled by land mines.
Afghan refugee families gather at the border to return to their homes in Afghanistan. The children in particular are prepared for the change, carefully taught not to touch any toys they may see along the way. These are usually IEDs. Also, they are told that the girls won't go to school anymore, but maybe things will change in the future.
Nafas pays one of these families to take her to Kandahar; she poses as the fourth wife, and submits to the burqa for safety.
She meets a fascinating variety of people along the way: a boy expelled from a Madrassa for not learning to recite, who gets money by robing corpses; a Black American who came to Afghanistan to fight the Russians, but now has settled down to be a country doctor in a land full of tragedy. Unable to grow a beard, he must wear a false beard to satisfy the Taliban.
The elaborate procedure required for a [male] doctor to examine a female patient is truly cumbersome. And it is clearly understood by all Afghans that since the Taliban doesn't allow women to go out without a male relative, any male has a kind of duty to pose as husband, father, or brother to any woman who needs to go somewhere.
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