Seeing Afghanistan through beautified eyes

Review B

April 28, 2006|By MICHAEL SRAGOW | MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

American beauticians encouraging Afghan hairstylists to go wild and bring out their inner Helena Rubensteins.

That's the hard-to-resist spectacle of The Beauty Academy of Kabul, which follows the efforts of "Beauty Without Borders" to carry the latest hair and makeup tips to females blazing trails in ravaged streets with blow-dryers and styling combs. This documentary's director, Liz Mermin, knows a juicy irony when she sees it. Better yet, she recognizes that even women who seem self-involved and silly can also be caring and courageous.

The Beauty Academy of Kabul (Shadow Distribution). A documentary by Liz Mermin. Unrated. Time: 74 minutes.

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