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Afsane-ye-ah / The legend of sigh

Directed by: Tahmineh Milani.

Cast: Jahangir Almasi, Mashid Afsharzadeh, Yarta Yaran.

woman suffering from writer's block is helped by the spirit, Ah. In Persian Farsi with English subtitles. VHS.

 

 

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Bacheha-Ye aseman / Children of heaven

Directed by: Majid Majidi.

Cast: Mohammad Amir Naji, Mir Farrokh Hashemian, Bahare Seddiqi.

A young boy, Ali, loses his sister Zahra's school shoes. In order to stay out of trouble, the two come up with a plan to share Ali's shoes, but they must keep it a secret from their parents. In Farsi or French with English subtitles. DVD, Dolby digital surround sound ; widescreen (1.85.1).

 

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Bad ma ra khahad bord / The wind will carry us

Directed by: Abbas Kiarostami.

Cast: Behzad Dourani.

A filmmaker travels to a remote mountain village secretly planning to record a local ritual ceremony surrounding an old dying woman. He befriends a local boy who ultimately becomes his informant on the fate of the old woman. As the rustling wind, golden light, and deep shadows of the village cast an alluring spell, the deathwatch drags on as the woman stubbornly clings to life, leaving the crew impatient. Farsi dialogue, English subtitles. DVD.

 

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Badkunak-i sief¯id / The white balloon

Directed by: Parviz Shahbazi.

Cast: F. Sadr Orfani, A. Bourkowska, Aèida Mohammadkhani, Mohsen Kafili, Mohammad Bakhtiari, Mohammad Shahani.

A young girl's desire for a pretty goldfish her family cannot afford, sparks an adventure. In Persian Farsi with English subtitles. VHS.

 

 

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Baran

Directed by: Majid Majidi.

Cast: Mohammad Amir Naji, Hossein Abedini, Zahra Bahrami, Hossein Rahmi, Hossein Mahjoob.

The story of illegal Afghan immigrants living and working at a construction site in Tehran, Iran. When one of the workers is injured, his daughter, posing as a man, becomes the breadwinner. But a hot-headed 17 year-old local youth also working at the site discovers the secret. In Farsi (Dolby digital mono sound) with optional yellow English subtitles or optional English captions DVD.

 

 

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The color of paradise

Directed by: Majåid Majåidåi.

Cast: Hosein Mahjoob, Salameh Feyzi, Mohsen Ramezani, Elham Sharifi, Farahnaz Safari.

Mohammad joyfully returns to his tiny village on summer vacation from the Institute for the Blind, unaware of his father's intentions to disown him. Engaged to be married, the widowed man has kept Mohammad a secret from his fiancee, certain the boy's disability will destroy his only chance for happiness. With the wedding swiftly approaching Mohammad's future hangs precariously in the balanceas his father struggles against his destiny, unable to see the wonder of life and love that's so clear to his son. In Farsi with English subtitles. VHS.

 

 

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Gabbeh

Directed by: Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

Cast: Shaghayegh Djodat, Abbas Sayahi, Hossein Moharami, Roghieh Moharami, Parvaneh Ghalandari.

The film follows the story of Gabbeh, a young nomad woman, who waits to join her lover, the elusive horseman who follows the tribe as they cross rivers into the mountains. A "gabbeh" is also a type of Persian rug, woven by the women of the tribe, who take the colours for their rugs from nature, and the patterns from their lives and loves. In Farsi with English subtitles. VHS.


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Kandahar journey into the heart of Afghanistan

Directed by: Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

Cast: Niloufar Pazira, Hassan Tantai, Sadou Teymouri, Hoyatala Hakimi.

Nafas, an Afghan-born Canadian journalist, returns to her homeland in a desperate attempt to reach her sister, who, overcome with grief after being injured by a landmine and her despair over the Taliban's oppression of women, has vowed that she will commit suicide at the time of the next solar eclipse, only three days away. In English and Farsi with optional English or French subtitles. Also issued on VHS. DVD.

 

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Leila

Directed by: Dariush Mehrjui.

Cast: Leila Hatami, Ali Mossafa, J. Sheikhi, M. Sharifinia, T. Mehrzad, A. Payvar.

A wife in Iran who cannot have children is pressured by her in-laws into persuading her husband to take another wife so that he may have sons. A portrayal of the clash between tradition and modern marriage in Iran. Farsi with English subtitles. DVD.

 

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Mosaferan / Travellers

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Cast: Jamileh Shaikhi, M. Shamsaie, H. Rousta.

Story of a wedding ceremony which turns into a funeral wake when the bride's sister and her family are killed in a traffic accident. In Persian Farsi with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Nargess

Directed by: Rakhshad Bani Etemad.

Cast: F. Farjami, Abolfazi Pour Arab, A. Razavi, Reza Kaeam Rezaie

Tragic tale of a love triangle. An aging thief, Afagh, is in danger of losing her rakish young lover, Adel. Adel meets Nargess and resolves to go straight after one last burglary. In Persian Farsi with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Parde-Ye Akhar / The last act

Directed by: Varuzh Karim Masihi.

Cast: F. Farjami, D. Arjmand, S. Poorsamimi, J. Hashempoor, N. Kheradmand.

The action takes place in 1930's Tehran where a sinister brother and sister plot to dispose of their recently widowed sister-in-law in order to obtain her inheritance. In Persian Farsi with English subtitles. VHS.

 

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Ruzi ruzegari, cinema / Once upon a time, cinema

Directed by: Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

Cast: Ezzatollah Entezami, Mehdi Hashemi, Mohammad Ali Keshavarz, Akbar Abdi.

A cinematographer introduces movies to the Persian court. The Shah initially opposes the new medium but he falls in love with the film's heroine. In Persian Farsi with English subtitles. VHS.

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Tam e guilass / Taste of cherry

Directed by: Abbas Kiarostami

Cast: Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolhossein Bagheri, Afshin Bakhtiari, Hossein Noori, Ali Moradi

Mr. Badii, ceaselessly driving through the red-brown hills around Tehran in search of assistance in his suicide, receives from each of the men he asks for help a viewpoint on life. In Farsi with English subtitles. DVD

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Zinat

Directed by: Ebrahim Mokhtari

Cast: A. Razavi, M. Fat-hi, N. Kheradmand, Sh. Alizadeh

Zinat runs a health clinic in southern Iran. When she becomes engaged to Hamed his mother demands that she quit her job. In Persian Farsi with English subtitles. VHS

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