A poetic look at how violence and tragedy shape the lives and minds of children, from Iranian director Hana Makhmalbaf, daughter of acclaimed director Mohsen, sister of Samira and at 19 the youngest of the remarkable clan, with this her second feature. Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame. Set in the Afghan town of Bamian, amidst the rubble of the massive slates of Buddha blown up by the Taliban in 2001, the film follows the trails of a little girl who want to go to the school for girls across the river from her home. The everyday obstacles she faces turn this small ambition into an epic struggle, with unexpected emotional and political resonance. The film is a deeply political allegory of the impossible situation facing girls and women in Afghanistan today. Intimately told from a child's perspective, including a world of make-believe that is both exhilarating and terrifying, the film follows six-year-old Bakhtay, who decides she will at all costs go to school. She sets out on an odysseys that pits this endearingly obstinate girl against numerous, seemingly insurmountable obstacles - including, most ominously, a band of boys pretending to be the Taliban, as the conflict spills out onto the playground.