backtrack; قندهار [Kandahar] (2001)

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We follow a woman, literally undercover, on an urgent mission. And are shown bitter, surreal, depressing glimpses of unfathomable conditions in a nightmarish parody of a society whose subjects live miserable and almost hopeless lives. This unusual hybrid of feature and documentary, taking place during the absurdly cruel Taliban rule of Afghanistan, is the most notable film by Iranian New Wave director Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

In my book of human – mostly female – endurance.

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