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On her journey to meet her sister, Nafas meets the prime features of the country--violence, disease, sexual discrimination and a terrifyingly dominant religion. The tempo of the film increases as she meets each new character. Among these are the victims of land mines who fight over prosthetic legs, the doctor who comes to the land in search of God, the many female voices silenced behind their burqas and the young boys who don't even know the meaning of the Islamic texts they memorise. The combination of vast, barren landscapes, haunting music and a poignant narrative is riveting. Mohsen Makhmalbaf, with his rustic imagery and documentary style, tells a story of great political, cultural and religious relevance in today's world.
On the DVD: Kandahar's bonus feature "Afghan Alphabet" (also made by Makhmalbaf) makes shocking revelations about the condition of Afghan refugees after the September 11 attacks. Focusing on a small group on the border of Iran and Afghanistan, it shows how deeply the Taliban regime scarred the Afghan people. --Anika Puri
After all the positive reviews by the film intelligentsia, my wife and I were truly excited the night we finally managed to put the kids to bed early, which gave us a chance to... Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2012 by SimbaLion
A good documentary should challenge our perceptions and take us to strange places we would not otherwise visit. Read morePublished on 18 April 2009 by Peter Scott-presland
I though this was a fantastic movie. Not much like the sort of thing which normally comes out of Hollywood, although I love those as well. Read morePublished on 25 Oct. 2006 by Amazon Customer
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An Iranian film produced before the American invasion of Afghanistan, KANDAHAR isn't so much a feature film with a contiguous story as a series of 1-act plays that portray the... Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2003 by Amazon Customer