Lezate divanegi / Joy of Madness (2003) DVD5
"The wise know not the joy of madness." In this amazing documentary, the latest member of Iran's filmmaking dynasty, 14-year-old Hana, follows her 22-year-old sister Samira around the streets of Kabul while she's casting her film "At Five in the Afternoon". Not only is it fascinating to go behind the scenes, but we also learn important things about Afghan society. Their father Mohsen (also a filmmaker, and co-writer of Samira's film) is with them as they interview people on the streets and literally talk to anyone they meet, sounding them out, auditioning them and generally trying to convince them to be in their movie. People are incredibly resistant to speak to strangers (something forbidden under the Taliban)--they worry that these foreigners will take advantage of them as they try to rebuild their lives after the end of Taliban rule and the crippling American bombing campaign that knocked them back into the Stone Age.

DVD5 | PAL 4:3 | 01:10:44 | 4.00 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Persian
Subtitles: English
Genre: Documentary

Director: Hana Makhmalbaf
Cast: Bibigol Asef, Sima Asef, Agheleh Farahmand
Country: Afghanistan, Iran

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