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by Hana Makhmalbaf


Amidst the wreckage beneath the ruined statue of the Buddha, thousands of families struggle to survive. Baktay, a six-year-old Afghan girl is challenged to go to school by her neighbour's son who reads in front of their cave. Having found the money to buy a precious notebook, and taking her mother's lipstick for a pencil, Baktay sets out. On her way, she is harassed by boys playing games that mimic the terrible violence they have witnessed, that has always surrounded them. The boys want to stone the little girl, to blow her up as the Taliban blew up the Buddha, to shoot her like Americans. Will Baktay be able to escape these violent war games and reach the school?

international title: Buddha collapsed out of shame
original title: Buda az sharm foru rikht
country: France, Iran
sales agent: Wild Bunch International
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Hana Makhmalbaf
film run: 81'
release date: FR 20/02/2008, ES 29/02/2008, GR 03/04/2008, BE 09/04/2008, UK 25/07/2008, IE 10/10/2008, SE 14/11/2008, NL 15/01/2009, NO 01/05/2009, HU 29/04/2010
screenplay: Marziyeh Meshkini
cast: Nikbakht Noruz, Abdolali Hoseinali, Abbas Alijome
cinematography by: Ostad Ali
film editing: Mastaneh Mohajer
art director: Akbar Meshkini
music: Tolib Shakhidi
producer: Maysam Makhmalbaf
production: Wild Bunch Production, Makhmalbaf Film House (IR)
distributor: Le Pacte, Wanda Visión, Rosebud Motion Pictures Enterprises - Rosebud.21, Imagine, Folkets Bio, Filmoptimistene, Magyarhangya
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