The Black Tulip

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After the Taliban is routed from Afghanistan in early 2001, the Mansouri family seizes the new window of freedom by opening a restaurant called "Poet's Corner," with an open microphone and an inviting platform for all to read poetry and tell their stories. This newfound hope proves to be fleeting as they struggle to maintain their lifestyle when encountering very real threats from lingering factions of the Taliban. (c) Official Site

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Sonia Nassery Cole
as Farishta Masouri
Walid Amini
as Akram Zabuli
Haji Gul Aser
as Hadar Mansouri
Somaia Razaye
as Belkis Mansouri
Hosna Tanha
as Bobo Jan
Karim Jaweed
as Omar Zabuli
Sadaf Yarmal
as Satara Mansouri
Basir Mujaheed
as Amanullah
Shafi Sahel
as Afghan Poet
Jack Scalia
as Colonel Williams
Edoardo Costa
as Colonel Tanelli
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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (9)

  • Well-meaning but unconvincing drama looks for optimism in Afghanistan.

    Nov 1, 2012 | Full Review…
  • A well-intentioned drama that would play much better if it didn't feel the need to make that message quite so heavy-handedly obvious.

    Nov 1, 2012 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Top Critic
  • The dialogue is heavily expository, and the actors are not up to the task of breathing life into characters meant to symbolize the Spirit of the Afghan People or the Nature of Evil.

    Oct 26, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Newlyweds are slaughtered, a child kidnapped and a suicide bombing foiled, all of it advanced by chunks of clumsy dialogue and embarrassingly labored acting.

    Oct 25, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/5
  • [Portrays] a vibrant culture and its festive traditions, rarely evoked in depictions of a nation long devastated by war.

    Oct 25, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Sonia Nassery Cole's evocative Afghan drama is built on so much local detail, it often has the feel of a documentary.

    Oct 25, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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