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AT FIVE IN THE AFTERNOON

Director : SAMIRA MAKHMALBAF

Status: Completed

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Synopsis
Short synopsis

Samira Makhmalbaf’s first film, The Apple , screened in Official Selection at Cannes when she was seventeen years old. Two years later, Blackboards won the Cannes Special Jury Prize. At 5 in the Afternoon – the first foreign film made in Kabul since the toppling of the Taliban regime – is the story of a girl who dreams of becoming Afghanistan’s future president.

Long synopsis

In bomb-scarred Kabul, a devout old coachman searches for a place for his family to shelter and waits for his lost son to return from Pakistan. The coachman’s daughter dreams of becoming Afghanistan’s future president.

The family moves endlessly. With no money for medicine, their baby child grows dangerously ill. Terrible news arrives from Pakistan. Despairing, the coachman leaves Kabul, taking what remains of his family to seek a holy refuge far from the city…

Internationally acclaimed director Samira Makhmalbaf’s first film The Apple screened in Official Selection at Cannes when she was seventeen years old. Two years later, Blackboards won the Cannes Special Jury Prize. She has also directed a short film God, Instruction, Destruction which formed part of the portmanteau film 11™0101.

At Five in the Afternoon – the first foreign film made in Kabul since the toppling of the Taliban regime – is an exquisitely crafted, stunningly powerful portrait of exile and longing, the beautiful and harrowing story of a people in turmoil and of hope struggling to survive amongst the ruins.