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PG In Theaters 12/14/2001 , 85min.
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Plot & Details

Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf examines the troubling story of life in neighboring Afghanistan in this compelling drama. Nafas (Niloufar Pazira) is a reporter who was born in Afghanistan, but fled with her family to Canada as a child, escaping the violence of the country's political instability. However, her sister wasn't so lucky; she lost her legs to a land mine while young, and when Nafas and her family left the country, her sister was accidentally left behind. Nafas receives a letter from her sister announcing that she's decided to kill herself during the final eclipse before the dawn of the 21st century; desperate to spare her sister's life, Nafas makes haste to Afghanistan, where she joins a caravan of refugees who, for a variety of reasons, are returning to the war-torn nation. As Nafas searches for her sister, she soon gets a clear and disturbing portrait of the toll the Taliban regime has taken upon its people. Also featuring Hassan Tantai and Sadou Teymouri, Safar E Gandehar was shown in competition at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Genre(s): Horror,Foreign
  • Run Time: 85min.
  • Theatrical Release Date: 12/14/2001
  • DVD Release Date: 01/01/2003
  • Distributor(s): Avatar Films, Mars Films
  • Director(s): Mohsen Makhmalbaf
  • Starring: Niloufar Pazira , Hassan Tantai , Sadou Teymouri
  • Themes: Assumed Identities,Nothing Goes Right,Race Against Time,Obsessive Quests,Sibling Relationships,Journey of Self-Discovery
  • Tone: Atmospheric,Bleak,Compassionate,Disturbing,Intimate,Tense
  • Keywords: caravan, doctor, land-mine, sister, suicide-pact, village, wedding
  • Country of Origin: USA - Limited (12-14-2001)
  • Language: English,Farsi

European Film Academy

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 European Film Academy Screen International Award Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award Won

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