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Iranian Films at Ames Public Library

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A-H  |  I-Z  |  Additional Films about Iran (in English)

In Farsi with English captions, unless otherwise noted.

Baran (DVD FOREIGN BAR)  96 min.  2002. 

Following his art house successes, The Children of Heaven and The Color of Paradise, Majid Majidi directs this tale about illegal Afghan immigrants living and working in Iran.

Black Tape: a Tehran Diary: the Videotape Fariborz Kamkari Found in the Garbage (DVD FOREIGN BLA)  In Persian, Farsi, or Kurdish, with English captions.  83 min.  2007. 

In a harrowing journey of discovery, a desperate young woman receives a video camera for her birthday, and through a daily video diary, reveals her husband's abuse and secret military dealings. Her life hangs in the balance when her husband finds out.

Border Café (DVD FOREIGN BOR)  In Farsi, Greek, Russian, or Turkish, with English captions.  105 min.  2005. 

When an Iranian widow takes over her husband's truck stop restaurant after his death, she must hide in the kitchen so she doesn't cause a scandal. Now her brother-in-law wants to be with her for the café, while a customer just wants to be with her.

Café Setareh (DVD FOREIGN CAF)  In Persian with English captions.  102 min.  2005. 

In this contemporary slice of Iran, three women who live in a poor neighborhood in Tehran actively seek a better life.

Children of Heaven (DVD FOREIGN CHI)  In Farsi or French, with English captions.  88 min.  1997. 

A boy loses his sister's school shoes, and they devise a plan to share his shoes, but they hide the plan from their parents.

Circumstance (DVD FOREIGN CIR)  In Persian with English captions.  106 min.  2011. 

A provocative coming-of-age story cracks open the hidden, underground world of Iranian youth culture filled with sex, drugs and defiance. This suspenseful tale of love and defiance unfolds as a wealthy family struggles to contain their teenage daughter's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession.

Close Up (DVD FOREIGN CLO)  100 min.  1990. 

Ali Sabzian enters a well-to-do neighborhood in Tehran by pretending to be Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf working on his next film.

The Color of Paradise (DVD FOREIGN COL)  90 min.  1999. 

Mohammad joyfully returns home on summer vacation from the Institute for the Blind in Tehran, unaware of his widowed father's intention to disown him. Now engaged to be married, his father has kept Mohammad a secret from his fiancée, certain the boy's disability will destroy his chance for happiness. As the wedding approaches, Mohammad's future hangs in the balance as his father struggles against his destiny, unable to see the wonder of life and love that is so clear to his son.

Daughters of the Sun (DVD FOREIGN DAU)  92 min.  2004. 

Amanagol, the daughter of a poor family in rural Iran, becomes Aman when her father shaves her head and disguises her as a boy. He sends her to another village to work weaving carpets. Her secret is jeopardized when a co-worker falls in love with her.

Delbaran (DVD FOREIGN DEL)  96 min.  2001. 

Young Kaim drifts to the Delbaran crossing on the Afghan-Iran border, finding work at a coffee shop frequented by truck drivers. As we watch Kaim run from one task to another day after day, we soon realize that he is being cheated out of his childhood.

Deserted Station (DVD FOREIGN DES)  88 min.  2002. 

A photographer and his young wife are stranded in a remote village after their car breaks down. The only adult inhabitant leaves with the photographer to find help, leaving the woman to teach the village children, whose parents are nowhere to be found.

Fireworks Wednesday (DVD FOREIGN FIR)  104 min.  2006. 

Tehran is preparing to celebrate the New Year with the festival of fire, which falls on the last Tuesday night before the official New Year begins. A young woman named Rouhi is employed by a young couple to clean their house. Sweet and naive, Rouhi is engaged to be married, but her innocence is shattered when her employers' household erupts in accusations of infidelity.

The Fish Fall in Love (DVD FOREIGN FIS)  In Persian with English captions.  96 min.  2006. 

After 22 years, Aziz returns to his hometown to sell the house of his birth. It is now a restaurant, run by four women, one of whom he once dated. Atieh's passion is food, and her restaurant is her pride and joy. When Aziz appears, threatening her means of supporting her daughter, Atieh prepares his favorite dishes, one night at a time, to convince him not to close the restaurant.

Five: Dedicated to Ozu (DVD FOREIGN FIV)  No dialogue on main feature, "Around five" is in Iranian, with English and French captions.  74 min.  2004. 

“Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami pays homage to Yasujiro Ozu, the brilliant Japanese filmmaker whose spare but evocative style has been a major influence in Kiarostami's work" -- Container.

Gabbeh (DVD FOREIGN GAB)  75 min.  1996. 

A folkloric carpet (Gabbeh), picturing a man and a woman on horseback, is the prized possession of an elderly nomadic couple. When they wash the carpet, a beautiful, young woman emerges to tell the carpet’s story. Once held hostage by the restraints of the family that fashioned the carpet, she reveals that a secret lies within the rider on the horse. Season after season, he had followed her family, always present, always waiting, howling songs of love ─ longing for her to run away with him.

The Girl in the Sneakers (DVD FOREIGN GIR)  88 min.  1998. 

After some unhappy accidents and in protest against her living conditions, fifteen-year-old Tadaie runs away from home when her parents forbid her to see a boy. She journeys to Tehran, which she explores. This is the story of youthful rebellion and its consequences, first love and its disappointment.



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