Shot on the border of Iran and Afghanistan,
Kandahar is a politically urgent story of a young
female journalist named Nafas who escaped Afghanistan with her
family but must return and race against time in an attempt to
rescue her sister. The sister, maimed by an exploded landmine
and distraught over the constant persecution simply for being
a woman, has written to Nafas vowing that she will commit suicide
by the next solar eclipse. Nafas must disguise herself as an
Afghan wife by wearing the traditional head-to-toe covering
of the burka in order to find her sister in the Taliban-controlled
city of Kandahar.
The film is inspired by the real-life experience
of actress Nelofer Pazira, who plays Nafas. In 1989, she fled
her homeland of Afghanistan and later received a similar letter
not from a sister, but from a long-time friend who wanted to
end her life.
The director of Gabbeh and writer of
The Day I Became A Woman, Mohsen Makhmalbaf is one of
the masters of Iranian cinema.
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