At Five in the Afternoon

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For the 1961 Spanish film, see At Five O'Clock in the Afternoon.
At Five in the Afternoon
At Five in the Afternoon FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Samira Makhmalbaf
Produced by Siamak Alagheband
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Written by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Samira Makhmalbaf
Starring Agheleh Rezaie
Abdolgani Yousefrazi
Razi Mohebi
Marzieh Amiri
Music by Mohammad Reza Darvishi
Cinematography Ebrahim Ghafori
Samira Makhmalbaf
Edited by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Release dates
16 May 2003 (Cannes)
16 April 2004 (UK)
Running time
105 minutes
Country Iran
Language Dari Persian

At Five in the Afternoon (Persian: پنج عصر, Panj é asr‎‎) is a 2003 film by Iranian writer-director Samira Makhmalbaf. It tells the story of an ambitious young woman trying to gain an education in Afghanistan after the defeat of the Taliban. The title comes from a Federico García Lorca poem and is a tale of flourishing against the odds.

At Five in the Afternoon was the first film to be shot in Kabul after the NATO invasion. It was an international co-production between the Iranian company Makhmalbaf Productions and the French companies Bac Films and Wild Bunch.

The film premiered at 2003 Cannes Film Festival and was awarded the Jury Prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.[1]

Samira's 14-year-old sister Hana Makhmalbaf made a documentary about the making of the film, entitled Joy of Madness (Lezate divanegi). It documents Samira's trials and tribulations whilst trying to persuade people in Kabul to take part in her film. As a teenager, Hana was able to amass a lot of digital video footage unnoticed.


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: At Five in the Afternoon". Retrieved 2009-11-07. 

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