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The premise of the film revolves around an Afghani woman named Nafas (Niloufar Pazira), who has emigrated to Canada but finds herself returning years later to her homeland after her sister, who had remained behind in Afghanistan, writes her a letter announcing her intention to end her life at the time of the next solar eclipse.
In the film, Nafas is journeying to her sister in Kandahar. She finds her country, a mosaic of ethnic and linguistic communities, totally devastated by two decades of war. It is through her eyes that the viewer sees the extreme views that have overrun her country. It is through her eyes that the viewer sees the tragedy that is Afghanistan.
The viewer sees that education is firmly in the hands of the Mullahs, the local religious leaders who practice and instruct young boys in a strict fundamentalist interpretation of Islam. It is an ideology that is interwoven with a chilling militancy. Despite the extreme views propounded by the Mullahs, mothers struggle to get their boys in these schools, so as to be assured that their sons will get your basic three hots and a cot in this land of famine.
Moreover, the issue of the role of women under such a repressive regime is also looked at. The viewer sees how the women are treated, denied an education, and referred to in collective, pejorative terms (black heads), due to the burkhas they are forced to wear, at all times.Read more ›
This movie is about a woman who tries to save her sister before the next eclipse- which is coming very soon. It speaks about her travels through Iran to Afganistan. And believe me she has many trials, but someone always helped her. I am not going to share too much about this movie because I feel it will give it away, but I would recommend the DVD version and NOT the VHS. Why?
There is also autobiogrpahy of the director of this movie who is also the lead actress. It explains why she made this movie in the first place.
However the reason why I give this movie 4 stars and not 5, because I expected a little more. Although, she shows how women must be covered head to toe and there's a scene that shows of a mother who cannot work and is in much grief because of the rules- this is really all we get from what's going on inside of Afganistan. So with that, I am a little disappointed
However the film is beautiful in all respect and I would recommend anyone to see it.
"Kandahar" is a thoughtful and beautiful film directed by acclaimed Iranian director Mohsen Makmalbaf, but it doesn't have much of a narrative. What we see is a journey more than a story. The film isn't long, but it has a languid pace, which is appropriate for traveling across a desert. Nafas is in a big hurry to reach her sister, so the film's pace also helps us empathize with her frustration. But "Kandahar" doesn't seem to be about Nafas or her sister.Read more ›
Particularly informative is the commentary by actress Nelofer Pazira that is included on the DVD. Her comments reveal in eloquent detail not only the making of the movie (shot where it takes place) but the rationale behind the creative choices made, often on the fly, as the film crew worked under difficult and dangerous conditions. While western news coverage continues to focus on the military and political aspects of warfare in the Middle East, "Kandahar" does much to reveal the devastating impact on noncombatants. Definitely worth seeing.
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See for the feeling of desert life & the plight of Afghani women. there is very little story but the cinematography is beautiful. Read morePublished 12 months ago by The Purple Bee
used as a vehicle to tell a big story. A woman sneaks into Afghanistan because her sister's letters reveal a plan to commit suicide during a solar eclipse the next day. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by mr. contrarian
I rented this film from my local library based on my interest in middle eastern affairs, and the realities of life for women under Islamic rule. Read morePublished on May 29, 2011 by J. Bonder
Awarded as the Best Film of Cannes 2001, Kandahar is a journey into the heart of Afghanistan.
Natas is a young Afghan journalist who fled to Canada taking refuge. Read more
Mohsen Makhmalbaf's film KANDAHAR was shot a couple of years before the US invasion of Afghanistan and documents the appalling state of the country in the aftermath of the Russian... Read morePublished on November 25, 2010 by Christopher Culver
This beautiful film is a semi-fictional journey through a lawless section of Afghanistan under Taliban rule. Read morePublished on April 27, 2010 by J. Kemp
Winner of a Jury Prize at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, Kandahar is an epic tale of hope and courage, inspired by the true story of a woman's attempt to enter Afghanistan. Read morePublished on July 7, 2009 by Linsey A. Daman
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... Read morePublished on February 10, 2009 by Roberto Frangie