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At Five in the Afternoon

  • Drama
  • 2003
  • Samira Makhmalbaf
  • 101 mins
  • U

Summary

Drama. A young woman, determined to become Afghanistan's first female president, defies her conservative father to attend a secular school in war-scarred Kabul.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Although the focus of this incisive blend of social reality and romantic idealism is on the discrimination still facing women in post-Taliban Afghanistan, 24-year-old Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf nevertheless highlights the extent to which everyone's beliefs, duties and aspirations are determined by the politico-cultural agendas of the powers that be. The bleak landscape arrestingly captured by Ebrahim Ghafori's camera reinforces the sense of despair that prompts Abdolgani Yousefrazi to keep his family constantly on the move around a combat-scarred Kabul. But the charmingly expressive Agheleh Rezaie's minor acts of defiance - lifting her burka to reveal her face, donning a pair of white high heels - and outspoken self-confidence provide an optimistic challenge to the existing status quo.

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Credits

Cast

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NoqrehAgheleh Rezaie
FatherAbdolgani Yousefrazi
PoetRazi Mohebi
LeylomahMarzieh Amiri

Crew

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DirectorSamira Makhmalbaf

Details

Theatrical distributor
Artificial Eye
Released on
2004-04-16
Languages
Persian
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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