Separated from but still emotionally attached to her husband, a woman searches desperately for her runaway father who is obsessed with going to Abadan, the oil-rich city destroyed in the war with Iraq. Aided by a remarkable cast, Haghighi's directorial debut portrays a middle class rarely depicted in Iranian films today. | Read More
A group of old college pals reunites for a weekend adventure on the sea, but compounding lies and deception quickly lead to catastrophe. Everyone hopes Sepideh's new friend Elly will hit it off with Ahmad, newly divorced from his German wife and in search of an Iranian bride, but Elly disappears on the second day, plunging the group into a complex mystery. Asghar Farhadi took the Best Director prize at Berlin. | Read MoreDrama
An honest look at a war-ravaged land after the fall of the Taliban, going beyond the now-clichéd images of so many recent films. Actress/director Maleknasr travels the country interviewing a wide range of Afghans who, despite the turmoil and suffering they have endured, poignantly voice their collective dreams for their nation's future. | Read More
A young woman is afflicted by a strange and rare disease that leads to painful crystals being produced in her eyelids and uterus. In her directorial debut, Akbari (lead actress in Abbas Kiarostami's Ten) transcends the sensational aspects of this bizarre case and movingly portrays a character discovering her femininity. | Read More
In Iran, a murder conviction allows for the victim's family to choose capital punishment or forgiveness for the perpetrator. This harrowing, existential film shows a convicted murderer trapped in painful purgatory as his family distances themselves from him and his victim's family repeatedly delays their ultimate decision. | Read More
On the last Wednesday before the spring solstice ushers in the Persian New Year, people set off fireworks following an ancient Zoroastrian tradition. Rouhi, spending her first day at a new job, finds herself in the midst of a different kind of fireworks--an acrimonious domestic dispute between her new boss and his wife.
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It is the Iranian New Year, 1988. Sadaam is bombing Tehran. And Gilaneh's family is being ripped apart by the war. Her son-in-law is missing after deserting the army. Her charming son, Ishmael, is heading off to fight for his country. Fifteen years later, on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Gilaneh is alone in her village home, taking care of Ishmael, now an invalid veteran. This beautifully shot, timely film overflows with unwavering pain, suffering and hope.
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Graying but determined, Mamo is a famed Kurdish musician who obtains permission to cross the Iranian border to give his first concert in Iraqi Kurdistan. But the journey poses endless challenges, especially when he tries to bring a female singer from Iran, where performances by women have been silenced since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Winner of the Golden Shell, 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival. In Kurdish and Farsi. A Strand Release.
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The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran does its best to restrict its citizens' access to information and media from the rest of the world. The award-winning director of Iron Island shows how Iranians demonstrate what we'd call "Yankee resourcefulness" to stymie their censors. | Read MoreDocumentary
There are probably few places in the world where it's more difficult to be a transexual than the Islamic Republic of Iran. Inside Out follows three Iranians-a middle-aged woman, a high school drop out, and an unemployed newly wed-as they undergo their internal and external metamorphoses. | Read MoreDocumentary
This subtle and comic political allegory focuses on four middle-class guys who pile into their car for a ski weekend (already a jolt to Western expectations about Iranian movies). A brief stop at a picturesque vista leads to their chance discovery of a prominent rock formation it seems would be oh so easy to tip over, but… | Read MoreComedy