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MPAA Rating - PG

    85 Minutes


Original Release Date:
    May 13, 2003

    Mohsen Makhmalbaf

    Niloufar Pazira, Hassan Tantai, Sadou Teymouri

Movie Summary
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 countrys political instability. However, her sister wasnt 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 shes decided to kill herself during the final eclipse before the dawn of the 21st century; desperate to spare her sisters 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. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide


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