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Close-Up
Internationally revered Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has created some of the most inventive and transcendent cinema of the past thirty years, and CLOSE-UP is his most radical, brilliant work. This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event--the arrest of a…
The Wind Will Carry Us
Palme d'Or winning-director Abbas Kiarostami's acclaimed film documents the arrival of an engineer and his colleagues from Tehran in a remote village in Iranian Kurdistan. Assumed by the locals with whom they form an ambivalent relationship to be archaeologists or…
Women Without Men
Renowned visual artist Shirin Neshat offers an exquisitely crafted view of women rights today in Iran as compared to Iran in 1953, when a British- and American-backed coup removed the democratically elected government. The film was adapted from the novel…
Disappearance
On a cold winter night in modern Tehran, a couple of young lovers run into a serious problem, and they have just a few hours to come up with a solution. They go from hospital to hospital in search for…
Tehran Taboo
In this gorgeously animated drama, the lives of several strong-willed women and a young musician intersect. Their stories reveal the hypocrisies of modern Iranian society, where sex, drugs, and corruption coexist with strict religious law. In the bustling metropolis of…
Fireworks Wednesday - Chaharshanbe-soori
From the Academy Award winning director of A Separation and About Elly , Asghar Farhadi's FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY is a dramatic story of marital intrigue and betrayal set against the backdrop of the Persian New Year. Rouhi, a young bride-to-be, is…
They
Fourteen-year-old J goes by the pronoun 'They' and lives with their parents in the suburbs of Chicago. J is exploring their gender identity while taking hormone blockers to postpone puberty. After two years of medication and therapy, J has to…
This Is Not A Film
This clandestine documentary, shot partially on an iPhone and smuggled into France in a cake for a last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The Circle) during his house arrest in his Tehran…
Divorce Iranian Style - Inside an Iranian Divorce Court
Hilarious, tragic, stirring, this fly-on-the-wall look at several weeks in an Iranian divorce court provides a unique window into the intimate circumstances of Iranian women's lives. Following Jamileh, whose husband beats her; Ziba, a 16-year-old trying to divorce her 38-year-old…
Sepideh - An Iranian Teenager's Dream to Become an Astronaut
Sepideh wants to become an astronaut. She spends her nights exploring the secrets of the universe, while her family will do anything to keep her on the ground. The expectations to a young Iranian woman are very different from Sepideh's…
Farshid Akhlaghipour - Short Films
A collection of short films from Iranian born filmmaker Farshid Akhlaghipour. His short films have been screened in a variety of national and international festivals. Farshid won Best Short Film for Blind Owl Wedding Hall in the most prestigious Iranian…
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Altiplano
High in the majestic Andes of Peru, silent but deadly traces of mercury, remnants of long-ago silver mining, bring illness and death to a local village. Seeking retribution, the villagers mistakenly attribute the outbreak to Western doctors who work in…
Closed Curtain - Pardé
Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi ( This is Not a Film ) bravely defies a twenty-year government ban on filmmaking to create a masterpiece. In a secluded house by the sea, a screenwriter hides from the world with only his…
Radio Dreams
A brilliant, misunderstood Iranian writer (played by the "Iranian Bob Dylan" Mohsen Namjoo) - prepares for a triumphant broadcast - a live performance pairing Metallica and Kabul Dreams, Afghanistan's first rock band. RADIO DREAMS brings to life the sometimes bizarre…
Neither Heaven Nor Earth - Ni le ciel ni la terre
French Army Captain Antares Bonassieu and his squad are assigned to monitor a remote valley of Wakhan, Afghanistan on the border of Pakistan. Negotiating control of the region between local shepherds and possible Taliban sympathizers grows more and more tenuous…
Manuscripts Don’t Burn
Drawing from the true story of the government's attempted 1995 murder of several prominent writers and intellectuals, Rasoulof imagines a repressive regime so pervasive that even the morally righteous are subsumed or cast aside.
The Persian Connection
As a child soldier, Behrouz (Reza Sixo Safai) miraculously survived the Iran-Iraq War to be squirreled away to the streets of Los Angeles. After two decades under the ruthless Iranian mobster Cirrus Golshiri (Parviz Sayyad), Behrouz leaves the underworld to…
Sound of the Soul
In a world increasingly polarized by religious conflicts and violence, SOUND OF THE SOUL is a timely and profound journey of understanding and hope. The film presents a vivid portrait of Fez, Morocco, an historically open-minded and tolerant Arab city,…
Love and Marriage in Kabul - Challenging Marital Traditions in Afghanistan
Mahboba Rawi, founder of Mahboba's Promise, has dedicated her life to helping orphans, widows and schooling girls in Afghanistan. In this documentary, we follow her efforts to challenge centuries-old traditions to make a loving marriage happen for a young couple.…