Films By Hana Makhmalbaf

"When they become adults how will these children, who mock the game of war in childhood, play with each other and with the future of humanity?" - filmmaker Hana Makhmalbaf ... In 2001 the Taliban destroyed two gigantic 5th century statues of Buddha in the mountains of Balmian, in Afghanistan. In the caves of those mountains lives six-year-old Baktay, whose cave-neighbour Abbas fascinates her with ... Read more
The bloody violence of the 2009 Iranian elections explodes onscreen in this audacious film by 21-year-old Iranian filmmaker Hana Makhmalbaf. ... A new wave of hope has sent the Iranian people singing, dancing and massing into the streets. Playwright Ava doesn't share in such positivity, so she interviews other young people in an attempt to rediscover her own optimism. ... With the votes counted th... Read more
Joy of Madness (Lezate Divanegi) Iran Joy of Madness is the remarkable debut feature of 15-year-old Hana Makhmalbaf, a 'making-of' documentary of At Five in the Afternoon, directed by Hana's older sister, Samira, and screening at this year's Festival. Both women form part of the Iranian Makhmalbaf filmmaking dynasty, led by father Moshen (The Afghan Alphabet, MIFF 2003) and mother Marziyeh Meshkin... Read more
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