Buddha Collapsed out of Shame

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Buda as sharm foru rikht
Directed by Hana Makhmalbaf
Produced by Maysam Makhmalbaf
Written by Marzieh Makhmalbaf
Starring Abbas Alijome
Abdolali Hoseinali
Nikbakht Noruz
Music by Tolibhon Shakhidi
Cinematography Ostad Ali
Edited by Mastaneh Mohajer
Release date
  • 9 September 2007 (2007-09-09) (Toronto International Film Festival)
Country Iran
Language Persian

Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame (Persian:بودا از شرم فرو ریخت : Buda az sharm foru rikht) is a 2007 Iranian film directed by Hana Makhmalbaf.[1] The story takes place in modern Afghanistan following the removal of the Taliban and revolves around a 5-year-old Afghan girl who wants to attend a newly opened school. The girl Bakhtay (Nikbakht Noruz) lives in the caves under the remains of the Buddhas of Bamiyan which were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. Bakhtay becomes obsessed with the idea of going to school but must fight against a society influenced by conditions suffered during the strict Taliban rule including male domination, war, poverty and dire children's games.[1]

Talib boy Abdolali Hoseinali
Abbas Abbas Alijome
Bakhtay Nikbakht Noruz


  1. ^ a b Lidia Louk, "Movie Review: 'Buddha Collapsed out of Shame'", Epoch Times, 25 September 2007

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