Iran

Panah Panahi – Jaddeh Khaki AKA Hit the Road (2021)

A chaotic, tender family is on a road trip across a rugged landscape, but to where? In the back seat, dad has a broken leg, but is it really broken? Mom tries to laugh when she’s not holding back tears. The kid keeps exploding into choreographed car karaoke. All of them are fussing over the sick dog and getting on each others’ nerves. Only the mysterious older brother is quiet. Read More »

Abbas Kiarostami – Tadjrebeh AKA The Experience (1973) (HD)

Abbas Kiarostami wrote:
“In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you.”

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Mamad, an orphaned teenager, works as a messenger boy in a photographic studio, where he also sleeps at night. He falls platonically in love with a girl from a wealthier class; one day, thinking he sees her smiling at him, he decides to go to her house and ask for a job as a servant, so that he can be closer to her. But he receives only a decisive refusal. Read More »

Abbas Kiarostami – Lebassi Baraye Arossi AKA The Wedding Suit AKA A Wedding Suit (1976) (HD)

Abbas Kiarostami wrote:
“In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you.”

Quote:
A woman orders a suit from a tailor for her young son to wear to her sister’s wedding. The tailor’s apprentice, together with two other teenage boys who work in the same building, devise a plan to try on the suit at night to see what it feels like. Read More »

Abbas Kiarostami – Bad ma ra khahad bord AKA The Wind Will Carry Us [Potemkine 4K] (1999)

A group of men from the city of Tehran traverse the rural Iranian countryside on a jeep, guided by a set of descriptive, yet unavoidably imprecise directions, seemingly lost. The driver (Behzad Dourani), respectfully called “Engineer” by the villagers, eventually encounters his appointed contact along the side of the road: a gentle, courteous boy named Farzad (Farzed Sohrabi), whom the Engineer proceeds to instruct with disseminating false information about their search for treasure in order to conceal the true and undisclosed nature of their visit to the Kurdish province. On an introductory tour through town, the Engineer shows interest in the declining health of Farzad’s grandmother, Malek, an invalid centenarian whose family has been keeping a vigil at the house as she approaches death. Read More »

Kim Longinotto & Ziba Mir-Hosseini – Runaway (2001)

This documentary follows the stories of five young girls who arrive at a refuge in Iran’s capital city Tehran, having run away from abusive or neglectful families. Read More »

Parviz Kimiavi – P mesle pelican AKA P Like Pelican (1972) DVD

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An old hermit lives in a slum and wants to teach the alphabet to the children regularly go there to play. What makes the hermit happiest however, is when he comes to the letter P (for “Pedarsag”, or “Puppy”). When a child proposes he use the word “Pelican” instead, the hermit goes to the nearby park looking for this animal he has never heard of. Read More »

Hana Makhmalbaf – Ruzha-ye Sabz AKA Green Days (2009)

Ava, an Iranian woman suffering from depression, blames recent political events in Iran for her troubled mental state and goes to a psychologist. The psychologist advises her to take on physical work, and later, to work on a play. However, the play, inspired by the reality and problems of her society, is banned. It is election time. The city is alive with possibilities. A new wave of hope has sent people massing into the streets to participate, to vote against the current president. Everywhere there is singing, dancing, action— a vibrant, passionate vision of a very different future for her country. But Ava still doesn’t believe change will come. She leaves her home and talks to people in the streets, trying desperately to rekindle her own hope.

The film is part documentary, part fiction. Read More »