The Beauty Academy of Kabul
The Beauty Academy of Kabul
2004
1h 14min
Documentary
Sponsored by U.S.-based cosmetic companies, a delegation of American volunteers embarks on an ambitious mission to start Afghanistan’s very first Western-style beautician school after the fall of the Taliban. Keen to help Afghan women see themselves and others in a new, liberated light, these outgoing but often blundering Americans sometimes find themselves in conflict with their students, who struggle to move past their deep-rooted ideas of modesty and internalized gender inequality as they strive to learn how to construct beauty by Western standards.

Age rating

Not rated

Director

Liz Mermin

Country

USA
Sponsored by U.S.-based cosmetic companies, a delegation of American volunteers embarks on an ambitious mission to start Afghanistan’s very first Western-style beautician school after the fall of the Taliban. Keen to help Afghan women see themselves and others in a new, liberated light, these outgoing but often blundering Americans sometimes find themselves in conflict with their students, who struggle to move past their deep-rooted ideas of modesty and internalized gender inequality as they strive to learn how to construct beauty by Western standards.

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