Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Kandahar, premiering on April 4 at the Smith Opera House, illustrates the suffering of Afghan women under the Taliban regime in modern day Afghanistan. Show times are at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, April 4 and 6, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. All seats are $3 on Thursday.
The film follows an Afghan native, Nafas (Noulifar Pazira), who left Afghanistan years back and got a journalism degree in Canada, upon which she built a career reporting the plight of women in oppressive nations. When she receives a letter from her sister, who is still in Afghanistan and who has decided that she will kill herself on the night of the next eclipse, Nafas decides to sneak back inside the border to rescue her. Traveling in a Red Cross helicopter to Pakistan, where she is lead on a treacherous all-night trek across an icy river and over deadly mountains, Nafas finally crosses over the border. But from there she must get to Kandahar, with only three days left before the eclipse.
This unrated, 85 minute film is in English and Farsi with English subtitles. The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. Call 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 1-866-355-LIVE for additional information.