MMCC, as it's called, is an after-school program. Children, many of them refugees, get to sing, dance, act, juggle, walk on stilts, even make professional radio programs! I'd watched the film, Osama, the night before. I couldn't agree more with David Denby, who wrote in the New Yorker:
"This lovely movie, the first to come out of Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban, is about a twelve-year-old girl (Marina Golbahari) who dresses as a boy in order to get work and winds up with dozens of prepubescent boys in a madrassa, where she is subjected to nonstop Koranic recitation and bizarre lectures about sex. The movie is deeply shocking and understated, with an iconic use of such repeated imagery as the shots of men slowly keying elaborate locks that pen the women up. The groups of faceless women in their burkas are like fields of lavender swaying in the wind; the boys in their white turbans bobbing over the Koran are both beautiful and foreboding. Made for less than fifty thousand dollars (plus free use of camera and crew), the movie is an outright miracle."