Provocatively, one of the most eloquent feminist film-makers extant is an Iranian muslim, Samira Makhmalbaf. Her latest entrancing— and most expansive—movie is set in the rubble of Kabul, where a young woman dreams of becoming Afghanistan's first female president. Men—Taliban mullahs and foreign invaders—have ruined this country, is her subtext, but Makhmalbaf is too artful to be merely polemical.

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At Five In The Afternoon

Provocatively, one of the most eloquent feminist film-makers extant is an Iranian muslim, Samira Makhmalbaf. Her latest entrancing? and most expansive?movie is set in the rubble of Kabul, where a young woman dreams of becoming Afghanistan’s first female president. Men?Taliban mullahs and foreign invaders?have ruined this country, is her subtext, but Makhmalbaf is too artful to be merely polemical.