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The Journey to Kafiristan (2001)
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The Journey to Kafiristan (2001)
Original name: Die Reise nach Kafiristan
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In 1939, the author Annemarie Schwarzenbach and the ethnologist Ella Maillart travel together by car to Kabul, but each is in pursuit of her own project. Annemarie Schwarzenbach, who was among Erika and Klaus Mann's circle of friends in the 30s, is searching for a place of refuge in the Near East to discover her own self. Ella Maillart justifies her restlessness, her need for movement and travel, with a scientific pretext: she would like to explore the mysterious Kafiristan Valley and make a name for herself with publications on the archaic life of the nomads living there. Both women are on the run, but political developments and their own biographies catch up with them again and again. Their mutual journey through the outside world, which runs from Geneva via the Balkans and Turkey to Persia, is compounded by the inner world of emotions with a tender love story.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, serious, captivating, contemplative, offbeat, realistic
Audience: girls' night
Plot: on the road, self discovery, on the run, obsessive quest, society, drug abuse, friendship, romance, politics, life is a bitch, love affair, social differences, couples, redemption, betrayal, addiction, journey, sexual relations, friends, contests and competitions, inventions and discoveries, love and romance, gender, wartime life, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: afghanistan, switzerland

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