The Beauty Academy of Kabul (2006)
Critic Consensus: There's nothing frivolous about beauty school when hearing about the individual lives of these women in Afghanistan, and the contrast between them and the idealistic beauticians from America.
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Critic Reviews for The Beauty Academy of Kabul
Most of the students had suffered or witnessed horrific abuses and crimes under the Taliban, yet the film shows two fatuous U.S. instructors who clearly missed the sensitivity training.
a spiny, puzzling and highly entertaining film, and whatever you go into it thinking, you're likely to come out thinking something else.
Any film that raises this many interesting questions is worth seeing, though Beauty Academy never goes quite deep enough to become essential.
This movie shows us a small bit of daily life as lived by real people. For that alone, we should be grateful.
Yes, (Mid)west is (Mid)west and (Mid)east is (Mid)east, but the twain do meet -- sort of -- in this fascinating, unassuming little film.
Without editorializing, Mermin raises fascinating questions about the cultural impact of globalization, the allure of the West, and the troubled history of an ancient land.
Audience Reviews for The Beauty Academy of Kabul
A group of American beauticians, moved by stories of the Taliban, travels to Kabul to open a hairdressers' school for Afghan women. There are 63 different things wrong with that premise, can you name all of them? Somehow, I really don't know how, this documentary transcends its problematic subject. An affirmation of the secular humanist project and a spritz of mineral water in the face of death-worshipping asceticism.
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