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  • 20th Circuit Suspects

    متهمین دایره بیستم
    Directed by Hesam Eslami • 2017 • Iran
    After having his car stolen, the director meets Ehsan, the leader of an adolescent crime gang that breaks into cars regularly. What forms is a close relationship between the director and the members of the group, following their steps for ...

  • A Lifetime in an Hour

    یک ساعت از یک عمر
    Directed by Rakhshan Banietemad • 2015 • Iran
    "Eskandar Firouz," the founder of the Department of Environment is known as Iran's father of the environment. A few-hours-long meeting and conversation by three environmental activists with him is an oral history and a quick look at ...

  • A Waltz for Tehran

    والسی برای تهران
    Directed by Zeinab Tabrizi • 2016 • Iran
    Mehrdad Mehdi, one of the pioneers of street music in Iran, decides to get his old band members together to start a street music festival in Tehran. There are lots of obstacles and difficulties on this road which makes for a heartfelt and ...

  • A Woman Without A Name

    زنی که نام ندارد
    Directed by Farzad Khoshdast • 2018 • Iran
    Behind the solid concrete walls of the women's prison Gharchak in Iran's capital, Tehran, four young women open the door to their lives and innermost thoughts. They reveal their downfall into substance abuse and violent crime, which led ...

  • Ahmadreza Ahmadi, A Man Who Is Not Like His Poems

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    Nasser Saffarian’s A Good Time for Tragedy (Vaght-e Khoob-e Masaeb) and Care for Me, Lady! (Banoo Mara Daryab!) are two often-overlooked documentaries that showcase the life and work of Ahmadreza Ahmadi, an Iranian poet and prominent figure in Iran’s New Wave Poetry movement. In these documentari...

  • Ali Aqa

    علی آقا
    Directed by Kamran Heidari • 2017 • Iran
    Seventy-year-old Ali Aqa’s large, fleshy hands shake as he helps a newborn pigeon chick hatch. His pigeons, which he keeps on the roof of his home, mean everything to him. He calls his favorite white pigeon “sweetheart” and even takes her into his ...

  • All My Trees

    همه درختان من
    Directed by Rakhshan Banietemad • 2015 • Iran
    Mahlagha Mallah is Iran’s eldest environmental activist and the founder of the first environmental NGO in Iran. Spending a few days in her home and accompanying her in environmental gatherings and activities is an excuse to portray the c...

  • All That's Missing
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    All That's Missing

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    Directed by Zeinab Tabrizi • 2018 • Iran
    This documentary narrates the lives of two women, Mahnaz and Jamileh, who have both been diagnosed with breast cancer – one dies after a long battle with the disease, the other fully recovers and engages in charity, raising awareness among cancer patients....

  • Angel of the House of Sun

    حياط خلوت خانه خورشيد
    Directed by Rakhshan Banietemad • 2009 • Iran
    In the backstreets of one of the poor districts of Tehran, in a very small house, everyday hundreds of women spend a few hours in the shadows of a safe shelter. Women, whose share in life is only suffering and humiliation.

  • Amin

    امین
    Directed by Shahin Parhami • 2011 • Iran
    Amin is the story of an ancient musical tradition and one man’s struggle to preserve it. It is told using a unique approach to documentary storytelling that challenges the boundaries of fiction and reality. Amin Aghaie is a young modern nomad from the...

  • Atlan

    اتلان
    Directed by Moein Karrimoodini • 2015 • Iran
    Ali’s 90-year-old grandfather always told his family, “A Turkman without a horse is not a Turkman”. Following in the family tradition, Ali trains the sturdy creatures for a grand race in a northern Iranian province. His favourite horse, Ilhan, ha...

  • Back Vocal

    صدای دوم
    Directed by Mojtaba Mirtahmasb • 2004 • Iran
    Back Vocal tells the story of women singers, whose unaccompanied singing is forbidden by religious laws of the country, but who nonetheless try to remain active; even if that means taking the second seat. I knew from the beginning that such a ...

  • Bassidji

    بسیجی
    Directed by Mehran Tamadon • 2009 • Iran
    In a desert, on a hill, men and women in chadors and children wander through a vast open air "museum" dedicated to the memory of the martyrs of the Iran-Iraq war. It is Iranian New Year and we are close to the Iraqi border. I'm following my guide. He...

  • Before The Revolution

    قبل از انقلاب
    Directed by Dan Shadur • 2013 • Israel
    Today they may be sworn enemies, but in the 60s and 70s thousands of Israelis lived in Iran. Protected by arms deals and complex financial ties, the Israelis enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle, wilfully blind to the corruption they supported. But in...

  • Behjat Sadr: Time Suspended

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    Directed by Mitra Farahani • 2006 • Iran
    Behjat Sadr is one of the pioneers and masters of modern art in Iran. This film is a journey into the life and works of a poetic and brilliant painter. Ms. Sadr guides us through her intense, compelling canvases, musing on her process, her influences, and ...

  • Blames & Flames

    فالگوش
    Directed by Mohammadreza Farzad • 2012 • Iran
    In 1978, on the verge of the revolution, more than 130 cinemas burned down across Iran, including 28 in Tehran. Who set them on fire, how was it done, and why?

  • Breaking Bread

    نون و نمک
    Directed by Hamid Rahmanian • 1999 • Iran
    Breaking Bread is a slice-of-life documentary about a Korean-American family who invited an Iranian friend to make a final meal for their dying father. This poetic journey explores the interaction of different cultures through the celebration of...

  • Conversation with the Revolution

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    The media images of the 1979 revolution are derived from a few sources that are repeatedly rearranged – and can reveal hidden stories and people. Safarian takes a personal look at the events, their cinematic presentation and the concept of revolution in general: his work coincided with the “Arab ...

  • Coup 53

    کودتای ۵۳
    Directed by Taghi Amirani • 2019 • UK/US/Iran
    While making a documentary about the CIA/MI6 coup in Iran in 1953, Iranian director Taghi Amirani and editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, The English Patient) discover never seen before archive sitting in vaults and baseme...

  • Crossed-Out Memories

    خاطره‌هایِ خط‌خطی
    Directed by Nasser Saffarian • 2015 • Iran
    A fascinating insight into the Iranian pop music industry, Nasser Saffarian examines the history of the 'anti-love song,' a form that rejects the idea of the conventional love song in favor of darker subject matter, such as bitterness, ...

  • Decadence and Downfall: The Shah of Iran's Ultimate Party

    مهمانی بزرگ شاه
    Directed by Hassan Amini • 2016 • Iran
    In 1971, the Shah of Iran, the self-proclaimed 'king of kings', celebrated 2,500 years of the Persian monarchy by throwing the greatest party in history. Money was no object - a lavish tent city, using 37km of silk, was erected in a specially...

  • Dingomaro

    دینگومارو
    Directed by Kamran Heidari • 2013 • Iran
    Since his Internet hit, “Bad Shans” (hard luck), Hamid Said has become one of the most famous black musicians in Iran. He’s traveling by motorbike across the province of Hormozgan, which is situated in the South of the country on the Persian Gulf...

  • Ferdowsi and the People

    فردوسی و مردم
    Directed by Hossein Torabi • 1977 • Iran
    A documentary about Ferdowsi, the great Persian poet of 9th century, the creator epic Shahnameh (the book of kings). The film examines the impacts of the poet and his masterpiece, almost one thousand years after its creation, on Iran and Iran...

  • Fight Feast

    بزم رزم
    Directed by Vahid Hosseini • 2018 • Iran
    Fight Feast is about the vicissitudinous story of Iranian music between 1979-1989, the years just after the revolution through the end of Iran-Iraq war. The narrative of restrictions and obstacles told by musicians, composers, and state authorities...