• Kandahar (2001)


Release Date: December 14th, 2001

DVD Release Date: January 1st, 2003

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 25 min

Plot Summary

Nafas is a young Afghan journalist who has taken refuge in Canada. She receives a desperate letter from her little sister, who has stayed behind in Afghanistan and has decided to end her life before the imminently approaching eclipse of the sun. Nafas fled her country during the Taliban civil war. She decides to go and help her sister in Kandahar and attempts to cross the Iran-Afghanistan border...

Cast: Niloufar Pazira, Hassan Tantai, Sadou Teymouri

Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Bac Films, Makhmalbaf Film House

Keywords: Rescue , Intense , Suspenseful , Sister , 2000s , Transformation , Family , Sacrifice , Emotional ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Kandahar does not provide deeply drawn characters, memorable dialogue or an exciting climax. Its traffic is in images. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    Presented without preachiness or affectation, Kandahar is a short, matter-of-fact visit to hell. show more

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Pazira, whose sapphire eyes blaze through the lattice of her slate-gray burqa, isn't much of an actress, as her singsong narration attests. But when not speaking, she has a commanding presence and is an effective witness to the ravages of war. show more

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