the year 2000, Nafas (Niloufar Pazira) a 29-year old Afghan-born Canadian
journalist travels back to her homeland in search of her sister. The sister
was maimed by the long war, and her life under oppressive Taliban rule is no
longer worth living; she has resolved to commit suicide on the last solar
eclipse of the century.
Dependent for her travels on the uncertain help of men, Nafas encounters
many other charismatic women hiding under the seclusion of the burqas. The
inquiries she makes to find her sister raise the veil just enough to reveal
the torment of Afghan women, deprived of rights, education, and basic health
care. A doctor must question his women patients, who are hidden from him by
a canvas wall, through a child intermediary; he does not touch them. The
ending is inconclusive.