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Aro Recommended Kandahar

 

Iran 2001, 85 minutes
Dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf
In Farsi, English with English subtitles
Rating: [PG]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama

 

Aroview: A Canadian-Afghani journalist travels incognito into the heart of wartorn Afghanistan to find her sister.

Filmed at the height of the Tailban's oppressive regime, this is something of a window into the lives of the general population, registering many absurd and horrific images of destruction and suffering. Though the blend of fiction and documentary is unsettling and heavy-handed at times (partly due to the nature of the surreptitious production), this finally conveys an impressive sense of urgency.

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Contains the short film "Afghan Alphabet", also by director Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

 

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