Archive of films Joy of Madness / Lezate Divanegi

2003, 70 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2004

Autumn 2002, Kabul, Afghanistan. This documentary on the making of Samira Makhmalbaf’s At Five in the Afternoon was shot by her younger sister, 14-year-old Hana Makhmalbaf.


Autumn 2002, Kabul, Afghanistan. Just after the fall of the Taliban, Samira Makhmalbaf, daughter of well-known Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, began looking for actors and actresses. She sought to cast locals in At Five in the Afternoon (Panj é asr), a film about an Afghan girl who dreams of becoming president of Afghanistan. The casting call and location become, through the lens of her 14-year-old sister’s digital camera, an opportunity to investigate Afghan society and, in particular, the aspirations of women, their insecurities and their mistrust of the freedoms they have just re-obtained.

About the director

Hana Makhmalbaf (b. 1988, Tehran) is younger sister of Samira Makhmalbaf and renowned Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s youngest daughter. In 1997 she directed the short documentary The Day My Aunt Was Ill. She is also author of the poetry collection Visa for One Moment.   


Makhmalbaf Film House
, 14157, Tehran
Fax: +98 218 952 200

Wild Bunch
65 rue de Dunkerque, 75009, PARIS
Tel: +33 143 132 130
Fax: + 33 1 431 321 30

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Hana Makhmalbaf
Screenplay: Hana Makhmalbaf
Music: Mohammed Reza Safiri
Editor: Mastaneh Mohajer
Production: Makhmalbaf Film House
Contact: Makhmalbaf Film House, Wild Bunch

© 2021 FILM SERVIS FESTIVAL KARLOVY VARY, a.s. +420 221 411 011 All contacts

CinemasCinemas PartnersPartners
ProgramProgram About the projectAbout the project
HistoryHistory GalleryGallery
HistoryHistory ContactsContacts
Archive of filmsArchive of films KVIFF TalksKVIFF Talks
Industry Days July 5 - July 8Industry Days July 5 - July 8 ContactsContacts
VideogalleryVideogallery GalleryGallery
HistoryHistory Festival GuideFestival Guide