This unassuming, rather vivid documentary takes place in 2003 Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban.
Director Liz Mermin makes the most of the brief running time in chronicling a beauty school run by six American women volunteers over three months.
Kabul is the capital where Afghan women eagerly go to have their hair styled and make-up applied. Previously, this was forbidden.
An interesting contrast is made between the volunteers and the local ladies used to the hardships having occurred in their country.
Mermin is able to provide entertaining, insightful moments even if the picture seems more viable as small screen fare. Certain interactions between teacher and pupils are amusing and, more often than not, sensitively portrayed.
The Beauty Academy of Kabul has a leisurely feel to it, but isn't very ponderous. More suited towards women, we see the reaction of men towards those not used to doing what they do, like taking a drive in the city. It cuts and combs with integrity into people who take comfort for granted and those looking to feel what it's like, maybe like getting a perm for the first time.
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