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Tuesday, 27 November, 2001, 16:08 GMT
Afghanistan movie added to festival
The film Kandahar
The film Kandahar will now be showing in Cardiff
The International Film Festival in Cardiff has added a controversial movie about life under the Taleban in Afghanistan to its schedule.

The award-winning film, called Kandahar, focuses on the treatment of women under the oppressive regime.

George Bush
George Bush is rumoured to have seen the film
Featuring refugees and land-mine victims as actors, it was filmed this year on the border between Iran and Afghanistan.

Directed by Iranian Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Kandahar was finished before the 11 September terrorist attacks and the subsequent military action against Afghanistan.

The film has now become a worldwide hit, and has already broken into the top 10 in Italy and drawn crowds in Canada.

US President George Bush is also rumoured to have seen the movie.

'Relevant'

"I am really pleased that we have secured the opportunity to exhibit this important film, especially as it is so relevant to the issues that face us at this time," said festival director David Clarke.

"The festival exists to provide a platform for discussion and debate.

David Clark
Festival Director David Clark
"Kandahar is certainly a film that will do this."

The film tells the story of an Afghan-Canadian journalist called Nafas, whose sister threatens to kill herself before the last solar eclipse of the 20th Century.

Nafas must journey into the country and try to save her sister's life.

It is based on the true story of journalist Nelofer Pazira, who plays Nafas in the movie, and whose friend was trapped in Kandahar in real life.

Special screening

The special screening will take place on Friday at 2030GMT at the UGC cinema in Cardiff.

Festival organisers are also inviting members of the Welsh Assembly to take part in a discussion after the film.

UGC Cinema, Cardiff
The UGC is jointly hosting the festival
"We are really pleased to get the film as it is a very limited print," said UGC's business manager Morian Williams.

Mr Williams also revealed he expects the film to be very popular among festival-goers.

Approximately 2,500 people have already attended films at the Cardiff festival at both the UGC and Chapter cinemas.

Organisers also revealed that several films have been sold out and that the festival is growing on "an international platform."

See also:

19 Nov 01 | Reviews
Kandahar: The movie
18 Nov 01 | Reviews
Kandahar unveils oppression
16 Nov 01 | Film
Afghan film is worldwide hit
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