ABC Africa
ABC Africa (2002)

Uganda, March 2000. At the request of the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development, Abbas Kiarostami and his assistant, Seifollah Samadian, arrive in Kampala. For ten days, their DV camera captures and caresses the faces of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 3, 2002
DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Will do nothing to advance or detract from the reputation of the acclaimed Iranian filmmaker.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

The you-are-there style ultimately enhances ABC Africa's ability to get inside the soul of Uganda, and of the viewer.

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Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

Despite the locale, ABC Africa is both new and familiar for those who know Kiarostami, and it's a great introduction for those who don't.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

A gorgeous and surprisingly profound meditation on a place and its people.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A movie of seemingly limpid transparency and tremendous, understated compassion.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Unexpectedly humane and lovely and not at all preachy.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Kiarostami has crafted a deceptively casual ode to children and managed to convey a tiny sense of hope.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The people in ABC Africa are treated as docile, mostly wordless ethnographic extras.

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Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine

There is a sense here of an encroaching darkness humbly met, unburdened by one-note feelings such as fear or joy and simply experienced as a profound moment of enlightenment.

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