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Kandahar journey into the heart of Afghanistan

Directed by: Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

Cast: Niloufar Pazira, Hassan Tantai, Sadou Teymouri, Hoyatala Hakimi.

Nafas, an Afghan-born Canadian journalist, returns to her homeland in a desperate attempt to reach her sister, who, overcome with grief after being injured by a landmine and her despair over the Taliban's oppression of women, has vowed that she will commit suicide at the time of the next solar eclipse, only three days away. In English and Farsi with optional English or French subtitles. Also issued on VHS. DVD.

 

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Osama

Directed by: Siddiq Barmak.

Cast: Marina Golbahari, Arif Herati, Zubaida Sahar.

Chronicles the true story of a young girl in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan who must disguise herself as a boy to save her family from starvation. The first feature film made in Afghanistan in the post-Taliban era. After the brutal Taliban regime bans women from working and forbids them to leave their homes without a male escort, a 12 year old girl and her mother find themselves on the brink of starvation. With nowhere left to turn, the mother disguises her daughter as a boy. Now called "Osama", the young girl embarks on a terrifying and confusing journey, as she tries to keep the Taliban from discovering her true identity. Soundtrack in Pashtu with subtitles in English; closed-captioned for the hearing impaired. DVD; Dolby digital.

 

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