Kandahar

Milos Stehlik (milos@interaccess.com)
Sun, 9 Dec 2001 13:07:25 -0800 (PST)

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In view of the recent discussion on KANDAHAR, I thought you might be
interested in one of these periodic updated on KANDAHAR from Mohsen
Makhmalbaf, the director…

Best

Milos Stehlik
Facets Video

Building the Fellini School in Kandahar

After receiving the Federico Fellini Gold Medal, Mohsen Makhmalbaf addressed
the world’s Cultural Ambassadors during the 162nd Congress of the UNESCO
Executive Session and stated:

Afghanistan is a country, wherein for years, bombs have fallen from the sky
on it’s people’s heads and mines have been planted under their feet.
Afghanistan is a country in which people get whipped by their government in
the street everyday. Afghanistan is a country whose neighbours drive away
its shelterless refugees. Afghanistan is a country where natural drought is
driving the people to die thirsty and hungry. Although the name of God is
mentioned in this country more than anywhere else; it seems that even God
has forgotten it.

Before the Sep 11th incident in America, Afghanistan was a forgotten land
and even now that attention is drawn to Afghanistan it is not for
humanitarian reasons.

If during the last 25 years the powers had poured books on these people’s
heads instead of bombs no place would be left for ignorance, tribal
affinities and terrorism. And if they had planted wheat under their feet
instead of mines millions of Afghans would not have been forced towards
death and refuge.

In such conditions dedicating the Federico Fellini medal to a film about
Afghanistan is a sign of hope. But I wish that this award were a piece of
bread so that I could share it among the hungry people of Afghanistan. I
wish that this award were rain so that it could pour on the dry lands of
Afghanistan. And I wish that this award is the breeze of freedom so that it
could blow towards the veils of Afghan women.

But since this award is not bread, nor rain or the breeze of freedom and it
is only a sign of hope, I hold this sign of hope in trust for the tortured
people of Afghanistan. In the presence of the cultural ambassadors of the
world, I promise to build a school in Kandahar in the name of Fellini, after
the freedom of Afghanistan, and I will dedicate it to all the students of
that school.

The 50th International Award for Makhmalbaf’s Film House

The movie `Kandahar’, made by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, which was screened at the
Ajaccio Film Festival in France, took the prize for the best movie. This is
the third international award for the movie `Kandahar’ and the 50th
international award for the Makhmalbaf family.

Translation and Publication of the Buddha Book in France

The book `The Buddha Was Not Demolished in Afghanistan; It Collapsed out of
Shame’, written by Mohsen Makhmalbaf and translated by Michael Lovio, is
being published in France by 1001 Nights Publications, in a first edition of
10,000 copies. This runs concurrent with the screening of the movie
`Kandahar’ in Paris.

`Kandahar’ Actress a Candidate for UNESCO Cultural Ambassador of Afghanistan

Following the film `Kandahar’ receiving the Federico Fellini Golden Medal,
Niloufar Pazira, the Afghan actress who played the lead role in the movie,
became a UNESCO candidate for the post of Cultural Ambassador to
Afghanistan. A formal announcement will be made on her appointment after she
makes a few official trips on behalf of UNESCO.

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style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><span
style=3D'mso-bidi-font-size:24.0pt'>In view of the recent discussion on =
KANDAHAR,
I thought you might be interested in one of these periodic updated on =
KANDAHAR
from Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the director&#8230;</span></span></font></p>

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style=3D'mso-bidi-font-size:24.0pt'>Best</span></span></font></p>

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<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
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style=3D'mso-bidi-font-size:24.0pt'>Milos =
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<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><span
style=3D'mso-bidi-font-size:24.0pt'>Facets =
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<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><span
style=3D'mso-bidi-font-size:24.0pt'>Building the Fellini School in =
Kandahar</span></span></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><b><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;
font-weight:bold'><![if =
!supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]></span><o:p></o:p></font></b></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><span
style=3D'mso-bidi-font-size:24.0pt'>After receiving the Federico Fellini =
Gold
Medal, Mohsen Makhmalbaf addressed the world&#8217;s Cultural =
Ambassadors during the
162<sup>nd</sup> Congress of the UNESCO Executive Session and =
stated:</span></span></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><![if =
!supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]></span><o:p></o:p></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><span
style=3D'mso-bidi-font-size:24.0pt'>Afghanistan is a country, wherein =
for years,
bombs have fallen from the sky on it&#8217;s people&#8217;s heads and =
mines have been
planted under their feet. Afghanistan is a country in which people get =
whipped
by their government in the street everyday. Afghanistan is a country =
whose
neighbours drive away its shelterless refugees. Afghanistan is a country =
where
natural drought is driving the people to die thirsty and hungry. =
Although the
name of God is mentioned in this country more than anywhere else; it =
seems that
even God has forgotten it.</span></span></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><![if =
!supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]></span><o:p></o:p></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><span
style=3D'mso-bidi-font-size:24.0pt'>Before the Sep 11<sup>th</sup> =
incident in
America, Afghanistan was a forgotten land and even now that attention is =
drawn
to Afghanistan it is not for humanitarian reasons. =
</span></span></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><![if =
!supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]></span><o:p></o:p></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><span
style=3D'mso-bidi-font-size:24.0pt'>If during the last 25 years the =
powers had
poured books on these people&#8217;s heads instead of bombs no place =
would be left
for ignorance, tribal affinities and terrorism. And if they had planted =
wheat
under their feet instead of mines millions of Afghans would not have =
been
forced towards death and refuge. </span></span></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><![if =
!supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]></span><o:p></o:p></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><span
style=3D'mso-bidi-font-size:24.0pt'>In such conditions dedicating the =
Federico
Fellini medal to a film about Afghanistan is a sign of hope. But I wish =
that
this award were a piece of bread so that I could share it among the =
hungry
people of Afghanistan.<span style=3D"mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>I =
wish that
this award were rain so that it could pour on the dry lands of =
Afghanistan. And
I wish that this award is the breeze of freedom so that it could blow =
towards
the veils of Afghan women.</span></span></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><![if =
!supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]></span><o:p></o:p></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><span
style=3D'mso-bidi-font-size:24.0pt'>But since this award is not bread, =
nor rain
or the breeze of freedom and it is only a sign of hope, I hold this sign =
of
hope in trust for the tortured people of Afghanistan.<span =
style=3D"mso-spacerun:
yes">&nbsp; </span>In the presence of the cultural ambassadors of the =
world, I
promise to build a school in Kandahar in the name of Fellini, after the =
freedom
of Afghanistan, and I will dedicate it to all the students of that =
school.</span></span></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><span
style=3D'mso-bidi-font-size:24.0pt'><span style=3D"mso-spacerun: =
yes">&nbsp;</span></span></span></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><b><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;
font-weight:bold'><span style=3D'mso-bidi-font-size:24.0pt'>The =
50<sup>th</sup>
International Award for Makhmalbaf&#8217;s Film =
House<o:p></o:p></span></span></font></b></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><![if =
!supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]></span><o:p></o:p></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><span
style=3D'mso-bidi-font-size:24.0pt'>The movie `Kandahar&#8217;, made by =
Mohsen
Makhmalbaf, which was screened at the Ajaccio Film Festival in France, =
took the
prize for the best movie. This is the third international award for the =
movie
`Kandahar&#8217; and the 50<sup>th</sup> international award for the =
Makhmalbaf
family.</span></span></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><![if =
!supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]></span><o:p></o:p></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><b><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;
font-weight:bold'><span style=3D'mso-bidi-font-size:24.0pt'>Translation =
and
Publication of the Buddha Book in =
France<o:p></o:p></span></span></font></b></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><![if =
!supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]></span><o:p></o:p></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><span
style=3D'mso-bidi-font-size:24.0pt'>The book `The Buddha Was Not =
Demolished in
Afghanistan; It Collapsed out of Shame&#8217;, written by Mohsen =
Makhmalbaf and
translated by Michael Lovio, is being published in France by 1001 Nights
Publications, in a first edition of 10,000 copies. This runs concurrent =
with
the screening of the movie `Kandahar&#8217; in =
Paris.</span></span></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><![if =
!supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]></span><o:p></o:p></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><![if =
!supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]></span><o:p></o:p></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><b><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;
font-weight:bold'><span =
style=3D'mso-bidi-font-size:24.0pt'>`Kandahar&#8217; Actress a
Candidate for UNESCO Cultural Ambassador of Afghanistan =
<o:p></o:p></span></span></font></b></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><![if =
!supportEmptyParas]>&nbsp;<![endif]></span><o:p></o:p></font></p>

<p class=3DMsoBodyText><font size=3D2 face=3DArial><span =
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><span
style=3D'mso-bidi-font-size:24.0pt'>Following the film `Kandahar&#8217; =
receiving the
Federico Fellini Golden Medal, Niloufar Pazira, the Afghan actress who =
played
the lead role in the movie, became a UNESCO candidate for the post of =
Cultural
Ambassador to Afghanistan. A formal announcement will be made on her
appointment after she makes a few official trips on behalf of =
UNESCO.</span></span></font></p>

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style=3D'font-size:10.0pt'><![if =
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