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Not Yet Rated| 1 hr. 14 min.

Plot Summary
With backing from American cosmetics industries, a group of stylists travels to post-Taliban Afghanistan to teach women about their hair and using makeup.


Director: Liz Mermin

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Shadow Distribution

The Beauty Academy of Kabul (2004)

Release Date: March 24th, 2006|1 hr. 14 min.

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  • At its best, Mermin -- who used an all-female crew -- conveys the sense of an entirely feminine world being created under the beauty school roof, and it's refreshing. show more

  • Without editorializing, Mermin raises fascinating questions about the cultural impact of globalization, the allure of the West, and the troubled history of an ancient land. show more

  • As they talk between classes about oppressive husbands, abusive brothers and arranged marriages, it becomes clear that the frivolities Americans take for granted can be their lifeline. In this tentatively hopeful setting, a single lipstick becomes leverage. show more

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