(aka "Joy of Madness" or "Lezate divanegi" )


directed by Hana Makhmalbaf
Iran 2003


Shot on digital video, Hana Makmahlbaf, the 14 year old little sister of director Samira Makmahlbaf, recorded the creation of Samira's At Five in the Afternoon, and created, in her own words, "a documentary on the surface but a feature film in essence."

More than just a behind the scenes documentary, it becomes a record of the fear imbedded in the population of Afghanistan. We see a Mullah going back on his word, people fearing the film will offend Allah, the parents of the baby in the film fearing the crew will kill their child, and a letter from woman Samira originally intended as the lead, explaining why she has to decline the part: Who will look after her three children during the shoot and how would she be able to return to her previous job?

Despite her age, Hana has with "Joy of Madness" created an amazing documentary about, not only the making of a film, but also about the situation in post-taliban Afghanistan. Highly recommended.

Henrik Sylow


Theatrical Release: January 28, 2004 (International Film Festival Rotterdam)

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DVD Review: Tartan - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow for the Review!

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Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:10:44 (4% PAL speedup)

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.99 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Farsi
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Tartan

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer: At Five in the Afternoon (1:36)
• Tartan Trailer Reel
• 4-page booklet with Director interview

DVD Release Date: April 25, 2005
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Comments This really ought to have been part of the Artificial Eye's DVD of "At Five in the Afternoon". But now thanks to Tartan, it is available.

For at film recorded on digital video, the transfer has severe problems. It is not a progressive transfer, and simple movement reveals combing.

It comes with a 4-page booklet with an interview of Hana Makmahlbaf.

 - Henrik Sylow



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