Safar e Gandehar (Kandahar)

March 11th, 2004 by Adam

Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s film Safar e Gandehar (Kandahar) will be shown at Plymouth State University on March 31 at 7 p.m. This event is offered under the auspices of the International Film Series in conjunction with campus wide Women’s History Month activities. The film was shown in competition at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.

Produced in 2001, this drama examines a troubling story of life in Afghanistan. Nafas is a reporter who was born in Afghanistan, but fled with her family to Canada as a child, escaping the violence of the country’s political instability. However, her sister wasn’t so lucky; she lost her legs to a land mine while young, and when Nafas and her family left the country, she was accidentally left behind.

Nafas receives a letter from her sister announcing that she’s decided to kill herself during the final eclipse before the dawn of the 21st century. Desperate to spare her sister’s 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. (All Movie Guide)

The film will be shown free of charge in Frost Academic Commons on High Street, and will be followed by discussion and refreshments. All are invited to attend. For information, contact Professor Peter Drexel at (603) 535-2696.