Archive of films At Five in the Afternoon / Panj é Asr

2003, 105 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2004

The story of an Afghan girl who, after the fall of the Taliban, decides to become the president of her country.


After the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, girls are once again allowed to go to school. But Noqreh’s conservative father maintains his belief that girls should not be educated, although he concedes enough to allow her to attend Koran school. Each morning she pretends to honour his wishes, but after he drops her off she changes her slippers for high-heeled shoes and heads for the newly-opened secular school. There, girls learn self-respect along with everything else. In a class on politics, Noqreh begins to voice her dream of becoming president of her country, taking former Pakistani president Benazir Bhutto as her inspiration...The title of the film was inspired by a poem by Federico Garcia Lorca.

About the director

Samira Makhmalbaf (b. 1980, Tehran) became involved in cinema at the age of seven when she appeared in The Cyclist (1988), directed by her father, Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Ten years later she worked as an assistant director on his film Silence (1998). She made two videos before directing her first feature, The Apple, in 1997. Her subsequent features, Blackboards (2000) and At Five in the Afternoon (2003) received Jury Prizes at Cannes. She also contributed to the omnibus work 11’09’01 (2002).


Makhmalbaf Film House
, 14157, Tehran
Fax: +98 218 952 200
E-mail: [email protected]

Wild Bunch
65 rue de Dunkerque, 75009, PARIS
Tel: +33 143 132 130
Fax: + 33 1 431 321 30
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Hollywood Classic Entertainment
Psohlavců 8, 147 00, Praha 4
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 226 224 111
Fax: +420 226 224 110
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Samira Makhmalbaf
Screenplay: Samira Makhmalbaf, Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Dir. of Photography: Ebrahim Ghafori
Music: Mohammad Reza Darvishi
Editor: Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Producer: Maysam Makhmalbaf
Production: Makhmalbaf Film House, koprodukce / co-production: Wild Bunch
Cast: Agheleh Rezaïe, Abdolgani Yousefrazi, Razi Mohebi
Contact: Makhmalbaf Film House, Wild Bunch, Hollywood Classic Entertainment


Samira Makhmalbaf


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