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Joy of Madness in April

Tartan Video have announced the UK DVD release of Joy of Madness for 25th April 2005 priced at £19.99. The problems of making a film are infinite, even more so when you are trying to film in a country like Afghanistan. And when it’s your sister who is trying to make that film, what better way than to make a film-about-a-film that follows the tricky process. Fourteen year-old Hana Makhmalbaf follows her older sister, the renowned director, Samira, as she prepares for her film At Five In The Afternoon. Provocative but amusing and enlightening, the documentary reveals the overwhelming battle against adversity in a country scarred by war. In the process, it also reveals the fears and courage of the Afghan women who struggle between their own hopes of self-fulfilment and the rigid social conventions than bind them.

Making its debut at Venice Film Festival 2003, Joy of Madness turned Hana into the world’s youngest feature filmmaker and confirmed the continuing rise of the Makhmalbaf filmmaking dynasty, which includes sister Samira (The Apple), and father Moshen (Salaam Cinema). It adds another strong distinct voice to Iranian cinema as well as revealing the acute problems of making movies in a war-torn country like Afghanistan. A remarkable achievement.

Presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 & DTS 5.1 Surround extras include a trailer, and booklet written by Tom Dawson, which includes an interview with Hana Makhmalbaf.

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