At 5 in afternoon by Samira Makhmalbaf

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At 5 in afternoon by Samira Makhmalbaf

Postby Ahreeman X » Thu Jul 28, 2005 6:34 pm

At 5 in afternoon by Samira Makhmalbaf

At 5 in afternoon
(Panj-e Asr)


Samira Makhmalbaf (Director) & Agheleh Rezaie (actress)

Made in Iran/France
Samira Makhmalbaf (Director)
Mohsen Makhmalbaf/Samira Makhmalbaf (Writers)

Agheleh Rezaie as Noqreh
Abdolgani Yousefrazi as Father
Razi Mohebi as Poet
Marzieh Amiri as Leylomah

This is Samira Makhmalbaf's fourth movie.
At 5 in afternoon (2003)
11,09,01 September 11 (2002)
Blackboards (2001)
The Apple (1998)

About the Director

She is a 23 years old daughter of Mohsen Makhmalbaf, old time Iranian director. She is an awardwining director of many International festivals.

Samira Makhmalbaf






The daughter of famed Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Samira Makhmalbaf has become -- at an astonishingly young age -- one of the world's most lauded directors in her own right. At the age of 18, she became the youngest director ever invited to the Cannes Film Festival for her film The Apple (1998). Two years later, she became the youngest director ever to win the jury prize at Cannes for Blackboards, a feat she repeated in 2003 with At Five in the Afternoon. Makhmalbaf made her movie debut at a very early age, acting in her father's film The Cyclist when she was just seven-years-old. At 14, claiming that her instructors had nothing more to teach her, she quit school and began learning the craft of filmmaking from her father, who established the Makhmalbaf Film House, a sort of family-run film school and production company that has produced films not only by Samira, but her mother Marzieh Meshkini (The Day I Became a Woman), her brother Maysam, and her younger sister Hana, each of whom have made video documentaries about Samira's filmmaking activities. Makhmalbaf's films combine a deep concern for social justice with a poetic style reminiscent of her father's work. Her debut feature, The Apple, was based on the true story of two developmentally disabled girls who were kept cooped up in their tiny Tehran home for the first 12 years of their lives, and used actual family members to play themselves. It was invited to more than 100 film festivals and screened in over 30 countries. Makhmalbaf continued her success with Blackboards, which addresses the condition of Iran's Kurdish population through the adventures of two itinerant teachers. She made history again in 2003 with At Five in the Afternoon, the first film made in post-Taliban Afghanistan. A fixture at film festivals worldwide both as a juror and participant, Makhmalbaf has been both an outspoken political provocateur and a deeply talented filmmaker.

About The movie

At 5 in the afternoon

In "At Five in the Afternoon", we follow the fortunes of a young woman in Afghanistan and her family. Nogreh is caught between two worlds. On the one hand, she attends a school where the teacher encourages girls to become doctors, engineers and even President. At the same time, Nogreh must wait until she steps out of her father's home before she lifts the veil of her burka and trades flat-soled shoes for high heels.

Nogreh is a very idealistic and ambitious young woman who emulates Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan and dreams of being President of her own country some day. Yet she has been kept in a state of childlike naivety and ignorance about politics at home and abroad, due to the teachings of the Koran, Shariah (Islamic law) and the Taliban.

It is exciting to hear the young girls debate the status of women in their country. But the film is also sympathetic and understanding toward the old Afghanistan, symbolized by Nogreh's father. He bewails that "Blasphemy has overrun the city" and the world, as he knew it, has ceased to exist. To add pathos to the situation, he feels he can confide his feelings only to a dumb animal -- his donkey, who "knows nothing but hay".

The film's title echoes a recurring verse from Federico Garcia Lorca's poem, "Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejia", about the goring of a bullfighter. Like Lorca's poem, "At Five in the Afternoon" is clouded over by a somber atmosphere of tragedy, death and despair. Yet the film remains remarkable for its astonishingly hopeful -- and indeed radical and revolutionary -- vision of hope for Afghanistan and indeed all of the Muslim & Arab world.

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See the movie on Sundance Channel
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Postby Ahreeman X » Thu Jul 28, 2005 6:50 pm

At 5 in afternoon (Critics)


My Take

Noqre's old father dragged the whole family (Noqre, sister, sister's baby & himself) on a journey out of Kabul. He made the whole family leave the Kabul because he believed Kabul is now a city full of Blasphemy & in hands of Infidel (Americans). The women wear no hijab & live in sin! He put the whole family in a carriage pulled by a mule & he was directing the mule sitting on the rider sit going to an Islamic Sity where women wear veil!

Despite all the begging of sister for him not to relocate the family because her husband did not know they were leaving, so he could not find her, yet the father moved the family. In the middle of this journey, somewhere in the middle of nowhere land, after the baby died (frozen cold), they burned the carriage to build a fire for heat & many other hardaches, they reach an Old man with his donkey lying on the desert sand, dying away........

A Woman with dreams of becomming Afghanistan's President......

Who ended up in the desert in the middle of nowhere.........

2 US Choppers fly by & pass them by................. The Mule Carriage with the old father, Noqre, sister & baby riding in it, slowly travel by..........


My Favorite Part of The Movie

My favorite part from this movie was this part,

Picture this:

The old father was digging the ground (with a big stone) to bury his grand son (baby) who froze to death (because of the journey), while talking to the old man who is sitting on the desert sand next to his lying Donkey who is dying.

Check out the conversation between these two old men, the Old Father (F) & The Old Man (O), it went something like this:

F: What happened to your donkey?
O: He is dying!
F: Why Father?
O: Because of hunger & thirst!
F: Kabul is gone......... its in the hand of infidels & women with no hijab live in sin........
O: Country is going to hell.........
F: That's why I am taking the family to live in an Islamic town.......
O: I see
F: Where are you going?
O: To Qandahar.
F: Why?
O: I left my life in Kabul to go to Qandahar with my donkey to find Mullah Omar!
F: Why?
O: I want to go to Council of Taliban's meeting to attend, so they will not hand Osama Bin Laden to Infidels!
F: Osama?
O: Ye, Osama is a muslim, we shouldn't hand him to infidel........
F: You are too late father
O: Why brother?
F: Mullah Omar & Osama fled
O: I want to save a muslim brother
F: Too late father......... you are too late
O: sigh!
F: Taliban defeated.............. country is lost, infidel taken over everywhere...
O: Ohhhh
F: Now what?
O: I am lost!
F: What will you do father?
O: I see no village ahead, no resting place, & my donkey is dying!
F: So what?
O: I just sit here, I am lost, I sit here in middle of nowhere......
F: What will you do father?
O: I am lost brother, I just sit here in desert............
F: Where to go?
O: I just sit here............

And 2 old muslim men sit in the middle of desert in the middle of nowhere land......... wondering where to go, while the two girls & the mule go to the nearby well to bring some drinking water!

This scene was awesome! Time has passed these two old timers by......... they are still living in a place, out of time.........with no where to go to............. prisoners of their own circumstances!

Awesome Scene!

I strongly recommend you to see this movie on Sundance channel:



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