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At five in the afternoon

At Five In The Afternoon is the first film to be released in Afghanistan since the demise of the Taliban regime that banned music, television, movies and theatre.

india Updated: Oct 11, 2003 00:29 IST
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Director/Scriptwriter: Samira Makhmalbaf
Cast: Agheleh Rezaee, Abdolghani Yusef-zay, Marzieh Amiri, Razi Mohebi
Gholamjan Gardel
Iran/colour/2003/105"

At Five In The Afternoon is the first film to be released in Afghanistan since the demise of the Taliban regime that banned music, television, movies and theatre.

Directed by Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf At Five In The Afternoon is a story of a 12-year-old girl who has a dream of becoming the country's first female president.

Before the movie's heartbreaking end, she has small triumphs like defiantly lifting her burqa to take strolls. Samira says that she has tried to bring forth her experiences of Talibanian era through this film.

The leading lady in the film, Agheleh Rezaee (playing the character of Noqreh) suffered great tragedies in her own life. She was a schoolteacher raising three children on her own.

Her husband is missing since the Americans bombed Afghanistan. Although the Taliban has been ousted, gender discrimination is widespread in the country.

Credits
Cinematography: Ebrahim Ghafoori
Editor: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Sound: Behrooz Shahamat
Music: Mohamadreza Darvishi (Based on traditional Afghan music)

Director's bio note
When Samira decided to quit school and study filmmaking, Mohsen set up this film school to give his daughter training under his own supervision; he had no faith in the existing film colleges in the country.

He taught her filmmaking for four years and had been taking her along on shooting locations since she was a child. He turned out to be a perfect mentor for her. But he never interferes when she is directing.

Samira says her father taught her filmmaking so well that she could now teach him if he ever forget filmmaking.