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:: Kandahar

Kandahar presents the journey of an Afghan born female journalist as she returns to the country to visit her sister. It is the comparison of social standards for women set in Afghanistan where landmines dismember appendages and poverty is the cause of disease. For a Western audience this illustration of Afghanistan will enlighten on a hopelessness of the Taliban controlled country warring with Russia pre millennium.

Nafas (Nelofer Pazira) is a worldly female trading dollars and freedoms to return to her sister, left legless and vowing to end her life during the last eclipse of the century. In the religious country the horizon of change in the conditions of females is bleak. The Muslim burqa covering the entire face with holes for vision is a further restriction on the uneducated Afghan woman, living amongst other wives and husband. A scene reveals one covered female to adorn lipstick under burqa while female children and wives paint their fingernails.

Religion is discussed in terms of restrictions, with comparisons to ‘jail’. Females bob in handwash around a well mirroring young boys prayer led by mullah instruction. Landmines with dolls for attraction are an example of the craft of war in this society that holds females in the lower strata. Crutchered villagers racing for artificial limbs are an example of the destruction of war.

Surrealness of parachute legs dropped in a Red Cross supply is backed by the vividness of a desert country. These pictures and reporting by the young woman are unchallenged, with sadness faithful to the ending. The interaction of an American Negro doctor brings an unneeded Western human-interest story.

Screening at the Lumiere Cinemas