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Middle East Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Farsi Titles (L-Z)

Farsi Titles (L-Z)

"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."

Madār-i ṣifr darajah = Zero Point Orbit
" a 2007 television series, made through the cooperation of Iran, Hungary, France and Lebanon. The program was one of most expensive and elaborate ever produced by Iran and attracted a large audience there. It is based on a real-life story about Iranian diplomat Abdol Hossein Sardari, who saved Jews in 1940s Paris during the Nazi Occupation by giving out Iranian passports and allowing them refuge in the Iranian Embassy.

Manuscripts Don't Burn
"Drawing from the true story of the Iranian government's attempted murder of several prominent writers and intellectuals."

Marde 2000 Chehreh
" Iranian television series set during Nourez Eve."

Mārmūlak = Lizard
"A thief known as 'the lizard' escapes from prison in Iran under the guise of an Islamic cleric. After the escape, a congregation mistakes him for their new leader and he must continue his ruse in order to escape detection."

Men at Work
"A comedy about four old friends who, 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."

Mihmān-i māmān = Mum's Guest
"A group of guest show up at the door of a relatively poor family. They eat dinner and stay for the night. Dariyush Mihrjuʼī has used this simple storyline to create an epic masterpiece that is about nothing and everything."

My Tehran For Sale
"Marzieh is a young female actress living in Tehran. The authorities ban her theatre work and, like all young people in Iran, she is forced to lead a secret life in order to express herself artistically. At an underground rave, she meets Iranian born Saman, now an Australian citizen, who offers her a way out of her country and the possibility of living without fear."

Nīmah-ʼi pinhān = Hidden Half
"Khosro is sent from the president's office on a fact-finding mission to Shiraz, to investigate the complaints of a female political prisoner awaiting execution. Khosro's wife Fereshteh, being of the same generation as the prisoner, decides to do something about her situation. Fereshteh writes of her own participation in the revolution, of which her husband is unaware. In his hotel room in Shiraz, Khosro begins to read his wife's memoirs the night before he is to visit the prisoner."

Riz̤ā mūtūrī
"Reza, who delivers films to cinemas for his meager living, together with his friends concoct an elaborate plan a robbery. The first part of the plan involves committing themselves to a mental hospital where they return to, to hide after the robbery. But when Reza is mistaken for a successful writer and is inadvertently delivered into the arms of the writer's willing and delighted fiancee, both his friends and the police think he has run off with the stolen money. With thieves chasing theives, mistaken idenfies, police and an angry victim seraching for his stolen money, only tragedy can ensue".

Roozi keh zan shodam = The Day I Became a Woman
"Three portraits of women at three stages of life in Iran: a nine-year-old girl is told she can no longer play with boys because she is now a 'woman,' a young wife who enters a bicycle race against her husband's wishes, and an elderly woman who gains money and the freedom to do what she wishes with it."

The Salesman
"The story of a couple whose relationship begins to turn sour during their performance of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.The story of a couple whose relationship begins to turn sour during their performance of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman."

Santouri: The Music Man
"Rock musicians in Iran."

Shahr-i zībā
"Akbar has just turned eighteen. He has been held in a rehabilitation centre for committing murder at the age of sixteen when he was condemned to death. Legally speaking, he had to reach the age of eighteen so that the conviction could be carried out. Now, Akbar is transferred to prison to await the day of his execution. A'la, a friend of Akbar, who himself has undergone imprisonment for burglary, soon after his release tries desperately to gain the consent of Akbar's plaintiff so as to stop the execution."

Shāyad vaqtī dīgar = May Be Some Other Time
"A narrator of TV documentaries called Modabber, accidentally comes across a shot of his wife sitting next to a man in an automobile that he does not know. He suspects and tries to find and identify the man in the film. Gradually he fined out that his wife has worries about secret..."

Shikārchī = The Hunter
"Tragedy strikes as a wife and daughter are accidentally killed in a police shoot-out with demonstrators. In an act of vengeance, a young man, randomly kills two police officers. He escapes to the forest, where he is arrested by two other officers. The three men are surrounded by trees, the woods. They are lost in a maze, a desolate landscape, where the boundaries between the hunter and the hunted are difficult to perceive."

"Ostensibly 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."

The Song of Sparrows
"After being let go from his job on an ostrich farm a man leaves his small village to find work in the big city. As a motorcycle taxi driver, he soon becomes consumed with his passengers' lives, and is swept up in a world of greed. Now it is up to his family back home to help restore his caring and generous nature."

Sulṭān-i qalbhā
" a 1968 melodrama Iranian film directed by Mohammad Ali Fardin. Aref Arefkia and Ahdieh did the singing voices of the film and dubbed the lead performers."

"Majid is a mentally handicapped man living with his mother and step-brother. He has a job working in a party rental shop for Habib, his brother. Majid falls in love with the girl who sells tickets at the cinema. Apprently Habib has never married because of his brother's handicap. A traditional doctor suggests to Habib that he should find Majid a sex partner. They find a prostitute for this purpose. When the prostitute and Majid meet they fall in love, and get married against Habib's wishes. Although Majid is starting to get better due to his new life, Habib tells him about his wife's past, causing Majid to regress. Habib regretting his words, takes his brother to a holy place hoping for a miracle, but Majid dies en route."

"Zaer Mohammad Tangsiri goes to Aghali Vakil, Abdolkarim Hajhamzeh, Abolgondeh Rajab and Sheikh Abootorab to get back the money he has given them before for investment. But they make fun of him and tell him that he has lost his money in the investment. He gets mad and decides to take revenge on them. After killing Abdolkarim Hajhamzeh and Sheikh Abootorab, he runs away and goes to town. He hides in a cafe and asks Baron Asatour's assistant, Esma'eel, to tell his family to get ready for a trip. Although Abolgondeh Rajab's house is watched by the gendarmes, Zaer Mohammad manages to shoot him to death. Finally, he joins his wife and children who are sailing away in the sea." - World Cinema Directory

Taste of Cherry = Taʹm e guilass
"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."

"Jafar Panahi drives a yellow cab through the vibrant streets of Tehran, picking up a diverse group of passengers in a single day. Each man, woman, and child candidly expresses his or her own view of the world while being interviewed by the curious and gracious driver."

"A documentary-style film paints a portrait of contemporary Iran, as seen through the eyes of one woman as she drives through the streets of Tehran over a period of several days. Her journey is comprised of ten conversations with various female passengers -- including her sister, a hitchhiking prostitute and a jilted bride -- as well as her young son."

Three Faces
"A smartphone video shot by a young woman announces that her parents have forbidden her from realizing her dream of acting and then, by all appearances, takes her own life. The recipient of the video, Behnaz Jafari, as herself, asks Panahi, as himself, to drive her to the woman's tiny home village near the Turkish border to investigate."

20 Fingers
"Seven vignettes, featuring the same two actors as different characters, explore the heartbreak and joy of relationships. Some problems are universal, while others reveal the harsh realities of modern-day Iran, especially for women."

Under the Skin of the City
"Tuba ia a factory worker and the matriarch of a raucous family. Her older daughter is pregnant and married to an abusive husband. The younger daughter is a high school student and is consumed with worry over a neighbor girl who suffers abuse at the hands of her father. Yuba's youngest son is caught up in political radicalism and is in danger of derailing his college aspirations. Her older son, Abbas wants to move to Japan to help support the family. After losing all his money in a scam, Abbas desperation gets the better of his judgement and he becomes involved in a drug deal that nearly costs him his life."

Wajma: An Afghan Love Story
"A young man in Kabul, Mustafa, charms a pretty student named Wajma. The pair begins a clandestine relationship - they're playful and passionate, but ever mindful to societal rules they are breaking."

The Willow Tree
"Youssef, a blind university professor, is suddenly faced with a fatal disease and must undergo a treatment in France. Back home, will he find the life he had before?"

Women Without Men
"Acclaimed photographer Shirin Neshat makes her directorial debut with this incisive and sumptuously filmed reflection on the pivotal moment in history that led directly to the Islamic revolution and the Iran we know today. Women Without Men chronicles the intertwining lives of four iranian woman during the summer of 1953; a cataclystic moment in Iranian history when an American led, British backed coup d'etat broght down the democratically elected Prime Minister. Over the course of several days the four women are brought together against the backdrop of political social turmoil."--Container.

Zindān -i zanān = Women's Prison
"Mitra, in prison for killing her violent stepfather, confronts new warden Tahereh on the eve of a riot, fearlessly challenging her dogmatic views - which, over time, begin to change."