Kandahar

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This acclaimed drama about life in Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban has been given a simple but strong presentation on DVD. Kandahar has been given a letterboxed transfer in its original widescreen aspect ratio, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The disc also includes optional subtitles in both English and Farsi, the two languages used onscreen. The only bonus feature included is the film's original theatrical trailer, but the improved visual and audio quality makes it a better ...
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Overview

This acclaimed drama about life in Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban has been given a simple but strong presentation on DVD. Kandahar has been given a letterboxed transfer in its original widescreen aspect ratio, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The disc also includes optional subtitles in both English and Farsi, the two languages used onscreen. The only bonus feature included is the film's original theatrical trailer, but the improved visual and audio quality makes it a better value for money over the film's VHS release.
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Special Features

Commentary by Niloufar Pazira; "Lifting the Veil," a documentary about the film; original theatrical trailer; international trailer; Cast and Director Bios; Photo Gallery; Farsi Dolby Digital Stereo audio track; English and French subtitles.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
In this muted, surreal road-trip film by Iranian director Moshen Makhmalbaf, Afghanistan is laid bare as the tortured product of superpower occupation, fundamentalist oppression, and tribal warfare. Made prior to September 11, 2001, Kandahar follows the journey of an Afghan journalist living in Canada Nelofer Pazira as she travels into Afghanistan to save her sister, who has written that she will commit suicide during the last solar eclipse of the 20th century. The journalist then experiences firsthand the oppression of women by the Taliban, which is essentially what has driven her sister to the point of suicide. This strife is no more powerfully illustrated than in scenes with a doctor who can examine female patients only through a tiny hole in a cloth partition, which, like the mesh in the burka that allows the veiled Afghan women to see, becomes a powerful recurring metaphor for prison bars. Like Makhmalbaf's other films, Kandahar is marked by unusual blends of fact and fiction, reality and dramatization. Pazira herself is an Afghan who lives in Canada and contacted Makhmalbaf to help her enter Afghanistan to help a suicidal friend.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Completed just months before the United States' military involvement in Afghanistan, Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Mahkmalbaf's neo-realist, political road movie took on added resonance once the Western world, for unarguably selfish reasons, took an interest in the lawless region. But even after the Taliban's treatment of women ceased to be a media issue du jour, Kandahar remains a potent, visceral, first-person look at life within the borders of an oppressive regime. All the more heartbreaking because the movie was based on her own experiences, Niloufar Pazira turns in a measured, inquiring performance; she's as much a spectator as the audience, and that quality goes a long way in smoothing over the film's rough spots. Indeed, Kandahar is understandably marked by some amateurish acting and a rough technical quality reminiscent of older European films (with their jagged cuts and off-sync dubbing). But Mahkmalbaf's sense of poetry -- evident in the film's imagistic prologue, its heartbreaking, bizarre prosthetic-leg air drop sequence, and its shattering final shot -- is strong enough to shine through any budgetary limitations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2003
  • UPC: 717119853341
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: New Yorker Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Niloufar Pazira Nafas
Hassan Tantai
Sadou Teymouri
Technical Credits
Mohsen Makhmalbaf Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Ebrahim Ghafuri Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Title Sequence [5:59]
2. Near the Border [4:05]
3. On the Road [7:08]
4. Chanting [5:47]
5. Deserted [8:56]
6. Seeing a Doctor [11:20]
7. Secret Revealed [4:17]
8. The Red Cross [7:06]
9. Artificial Beauty [6:24]
10. A Friendly Stranger [13:39]
11. Security Check Point [4:30]
12. Closing Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Feature
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Mohsen Makhmalbaf- Biography
      Nelofer Pazira- Biography
      Nelofer Pazira- Commentary
      Lifting the Veil Featurette
      Photo Gallery
      International Trailer
      Trailer Gallery
         Life + Debt
         The Bank
         Secondskin
      French Subtitles
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