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In This World  (DVD FOREIGN IN)  In Persian, Pashtu and English, with English captions.  88 min.  2004. 

Her is the hazardous journey of two Afghan boys as they travel from Pakistan through Iran, Turkey, Italy, France and the UK in search of refuge in London, revealing the desperate measures people take to escape persecution and life-threatening conditions. 

Iran, the Forgotten Glory, Part I & II, Achaemenids & Sassanids, 500 BC – 600 AD (955 DVD IRA) In Farsi, English, and Spanish, with Spanish captions. 95 min. 2009. 

Shot in over 60 locations in the province of Fars and 5 years in the making, this is the first independent documentary film series taking the audience on a journey into the depths of ancient Persian civilization, capturing the majesty and the splendor of the Achaemenid and Sassanid empires and their influence on world history, religion, art, and culture by revealing the ancient tales hidden in the ruins and reliefs which exist today as a testament to their legacy.

Iron Island (DVD FOREIGN IRO)  In Persian, with English captions.  90 min.  2005. 

A derelict oil tanker is home to cast-off members of the Sunni-Arab minority of Iran. When the owner decides to sell it, it is up to the self-proclaimed patriarch of the ship to provide a future for the people of his floating city, no matter the cost.

It’s Winter (DVD FOREIGN ITS)  85 min.  2006. 

This film chronicles a year in the lives of three residents of Tehran, working to build better futures. Mokhtar leaves his wife, Khatoun, to seek opportunities outside Iran, while Khatoun is left alone to care for their daughter. Marhab, a heavy-machinery mechanic, sees Khatoun in the neighborhood, and tries to win her affections. Misfortune, fate, and tragedy befall their everyday lives.

Kilometre Zero (DVD FOREIGN KIL)  In Kurdish, Arabic and French, with English captions.  96 min.  2005. 

A Kurdish soldier and an Iraqi taxi driver work together to return the body of a fallen soldier to his family. The family happens to live on the other side of the country.

The Last Supper (DVD FOREIGN LAS)  96 min.  2002. 

After 26 years of marriage, a professor divorces her husband, encouraged by her daughter. When a young student enters the picture, the bonds between the mother and daughter are stretched beyond the breaking point.

Leila (DVD FOREIGN LEI)  129 min.  1997. 

Portraying the clash between tradition and modern marriage in Iran, 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.

Marooned in Iraq (DVD FOREIGN MAR)  In Kurdish with English captions.  100 min.  2002. 

During the Iran-Iraq war, an aging Iranian-Kurd musician hears that his wife, a singer with a magical voice who deserted him for his best friend and fled to Iraq, is in trouble. He cons his two sons into accompanying him on the search; they embark on an adventure filled with music, romance, and danger.

Men at Work (DVD FOREIGN MEN)  77 min.  2006. 

Four old friends, driving back from a failed ski trip, encounter a strange and enormous rock by the side of the road above a lake. The men's frivolous attempt to dislodge the rock gradually disintegrates into a tale of betrayal, defeat and renewed hope.

The Mirror (DVD FOREIGN MIR)  95 min.  1998. 

When Mina’s mother fails to pick her up after school, the girl sets off alone into a perilous adventure in an adult world.

Mrs. President: Women and Political Leadership in Iran (956.704 DVD MRS)  In Persian with English captions.  47 min.  2004. 

In the summer of 2001, 47 Iranian women neither affiliated with nor supported by any political party registered themselves as candidates for the presidential elections. Due to the Guardian Council's interpretation of a clause in the constitution, none of the women were allowed to run. This documentary presents the thoughts and opinions of six female candidates who agreed to be interviewed, along with the commentary of two female Iranian journalists who cover political developments for magazines in their country.

No One Knows About Persian Cats (DVD FOREIGN NO) In Persian, with English or Spanish captions.  107 min.  2009. 

A pair of young musicians, recently released from prison, is on a mission to take their rock band to Europe. Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan their escape abroad with a fast-talking music promoter. Vowing to play one last show before leaving Tehran, their dangerous mission takes them on a free-wheeling journey through the city's underground scene, home to an estimated 2,000 illegal independent bands.

Secret Ballot (DVD FOREIGN SEC)  105 min.  2002. 

A female voting agent comes to the middle of nowhere to collect the votes on election day. There she is faced with lack of interest from the citizens and other unexpected problems, but she is intent on doing her job.

Shirin (DVD FOREIGN SHI)  In Persian, with English captions.  95 min.  2008. 

“This film is an adaptation of a 12th century Persian poem about a young princess courted by two men, a nobleman and an artist. Kiarostami never shows us the film in question. Instead, we are invited to reconstruct the narrative from dialogue and sound, as well as the emotions that flash across the faces of a rapt, mostly female audience."--Container.

Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine (DVD FOREIGN SME)  93 min.  2002. 

Baham Farjami, a filmmaker who has not directed for twenty years due to censorship, experiences a strange set of coincidences that convinces him that the angel of death is near.

The Song of Sparrows (DVD FOREIGN SON)  96 min.  2008. 

After being let go from his job on a farm, a man leaves his village to work in the city. As a motorcycle taxi driver, he is consumed with his passengers' lives, and is swept up in a world of greed. Now his family must help restore his caring and generous nature.

The Stoning of Soraya M. (DVD FOREIGN STO)  116 min.  2009. 

When a journalist is stranded in her remote village, Zahra takes a bold chance to reveal what the villagers will stop at nothing to keep hidden. Thus begins the remarkable story of what happened to Soraya, a kind-spirited woman whose bad marriage leads her cruel, divorce-seeking husband to trump up false charges of infidelity, which carry an unimaginable penalty.

Taste of Cherry (DVD FOREIGN TAS)  95 min.  1997. 

Mr. Badii, ceaselessly driving through the red-brown hills around Tehran in search of assistance in his suicide, receives a viewpoint on life from each of the men he asks for help. Following the film is an interview with writer/director Abbas Kiarostami.

A Time for Drunken Horses (DVD FOREIGN TIM)  In Persian or Kurdish, with English captions.  75 min.  2000. 

After their father dies, a family survives on their own in a Kurdish village on the Iran-Iraq border. Twelve-year-old Ayoub, as head of the family, learns that his handicapped brother Madi needs an immediate operation. The family struggles in harsh conditions, where the horses are fed liquor to get them to work.

Two Women (DVD FOREIGN TWO)  96 min.  1999. 

This film chronicles the lives of two women attending architectural school at Tehran University during the first years of the Islamic Republic.

The Willow Tree (DVD FOREIGN WIL)  96 min.  2005. 

Youssef, a blind University professor, is stricken with a fatal disease and must undergo a treatment in France. Back home, will he find the life he had before?

The Wind Will Carry Us (DVD FOREIGN WIN)  118 min.  1999. 

A group of filmmakers arrive in a remote Iranian village claiming to be archeologists in search of treasure. They are really in the village hoping to film the ritual that will occur after the anticipated death of a woman who is over a hundred years old.


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