in about 100 words or less
Iran 85m, Colour
Director: Mohsen Makhmalbaf; Cast: Nelofer Pazira, Sadou Teymouri, Hoyatala Hakimi, Dawud Salahuddin
Inspired by true events, Kandahar is a fictionalized account of an Afghan-Canadian woman who returns to Afghanistan during Taliban rule after receiving news that her sister was planning to commit suicide. Filmed with a look and feel of a travelogue, this heavily narrated film, that features many non-actors, is primarily about the plight of women and children and how war and Taliban rule had all but destroyed their society. This is a beautiful looking film with extraordinary and surreal imagery which provided an important commentary that had largely been ignored prior to 9-11 (Klaus Ming January 2015).