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Beauty Academy of Kabul
     

The Beauty Academy of Kabul

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Director: Liz Mermin

Cast: Liz Mermin

 
A team of women attempts to bring a vital part of the American way of life to war-torn Afghanistan in this documentary. Sponsored by U.S.-based manufacturers of hair-care products and cosmetics, a group of American volunteers traveled to Afghanistan to start the nation's first Western-styled school of cosmetology after the collapse of the Taliban. Eager to offer

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A team of women attempts to bring a vital part of the American way of life to war-torn Afghanistan in this documentary. Sponsored by U.S.-based manufacturers of hair-care products and cosmetics, a group of American volunteers traveled to Afghanistan to start the nation's first Western-styled school of cosmetology after the collapse of the Taliban. Eager to offer Afghan women a different way of looking at themselves and others, the friendly but often gregarious Americans occasionally find themselves at odds with their Afghan students, who still possess deeply ingrained notions of modesty and gender inequality as they learn to style hair and apply makeup as they do in the West. The Beauty Academy of Kabul was shown in competition at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/19/2006
UPC:
0767685983034
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
NR
Source:
Docurama
Time:
1:14:00
Sales rank:
75,876

Special Features

Filmmaker post screening Q&A; Deleted scenes; Resource guide; Filmmaker biography; Interactive menus; Scene selection

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Beauty Academy of Kabul
1. Years of Conflict [5:17]
2. Opening Day [10:43]
3. Mannequin Heads Arrive [4:40]
4. Quick Learners [5:04]
5. Nafisa & Hanifa [7:38]
6. The Question of Marriage [6:22]
7. Get Out of the Rut [7:13]
8. Settlers & Pioneers [6:30]
9. Final Evaluations [6:46]
10. Nazira [5:18]
11. The "Clinic" & Graduation [7:01]
12. Credits [1:12]

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The Beauty Academy of Kabul 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This documentary is a great look at a female community transforming itself after being lifted from an oppressive government that worked to keep women under wraps (literally) and out of the spotlight. The documentary, however, does focus mostly on the Western women who come to teach the Afghani students. The Americans come off as looking misinformed, but their good intentions ultimately make the documentary interesting. It would have been nice to see more from the Afghani women's point of view. A documentary that I enjoyed more, and felt like really showed the progress made by Afghani women and also the trials they face regarding beauty and fashion choices, was Afghan Star. I saw an advance screening and watching the two female contestants compete on television in the Afghani version of American Idol was very eye-opening in terms of how far women's right have come and also how far they still have to go. The Beauty Academy of Kabul is a great look, however, at the side of Afghanistan not covered on your local news. Check it out!