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Hana Makhmalbaf



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Status: Completed

Director(s): Hana Makhmalbaf

Main cast: Bibigol Asef, Sima Asef, Agheleh Farahmand

Long synopsis : The first feature-length film from 14-year-old Hana Makhmalbaf, shot in war-scarred Kabul, Joy Of Madness began life as a behind-the-scenes feature on the making of her sister Samira’s At Five in the Afternoon (Cannes 2003). Shot on digital video and transferred to 35mm film, Joy Of Madness explores the fears of a society oppressed from within and without, and the struggles of individuals within that embattled society. Hana Makhmalbaf’s film provides an intimate portrait of a remarkable film maker triumphing over great adversity, as well as an uncompromising, provocative and sometimes blackly funny insight into the fears, hopes and courage of the women of Afghanistan.


  • Bibigol Asef, Sima Asef, Agheleh Farahmand, Marzieh Makhmalbaf, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Samira Makhmalbaf


  • Producer(s): Mohsen Makhmalbaf
  • Director(s): Hana Makhmalbaf
  • Screenplay: Hana Makhmalbaf
  • DP: Hana Makhmalbaf
  • Editing: Mastaneh Mohajer
  • Original Music: Mohammad Reza Darvishi
  • Genre(s): Drama

  • Production company: MAKHMALBAF FILM HOUSE
  • Production date: 2003
  • Language: Persian
  • Duration: 70 min
  • Image Ratio: 1.66
  • Sound Info: Dolby SRD
  • Venice Film Festival 2003 - Competition
    Award(s) : Lina Mangiacapre Award - Special Mention
  • Chicago International Film Festival 2003
  • BFI London Film Festival 2003
  • Stockholm Film Festival 2003
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam 2004
  • Göteborg Film Festival 2004
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival 2004
  • Singapore International Film Festival 2004
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2004
  • Melbourne International Film Festival 2004