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Middle East Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Farsi Titles (A-K)

Farsi Titles A-K

Āfsāīd = Offside
"During the 2006 Iran-Bahrain match, the Tehran soccer stadium roars with 100,000 cheering men and, officially, no women. According to Islamic custom, women are not permitted to watch or participate in men's sports. Many of the ambitious young female fans who manage to sneak into the arena are caught and sent to a holding pen, guarded by male soldiers their own age. Duty makes these young men and women adversaries, but duty can't overcome their shared dreams, their mutual attraction, and ultimately their overriding sense of national pride and humanity."

Ātash bas = Cease Fire
"From Tahmineh Milani, Iran's leading female director, comes this irreverent romantic comedy with saucy dialogue and a pointed insight into modern marriage. Sayeh, an exasperated newlywed, stumbles into a psychiatrist's office, where she unloads about her chauvinist husband, Yousef, played by hunky Iranian star Mohammad Reza Golzar. But, the immature Sayeh is not without blame -- her constant bickering antagonizes Yousef instead of enlightening him. A smash sensation in her own country, Ceasefire marks Milani's first foray into mainstream romantic comedy -- Iran's most popular genre."

At Five in the Afternoon
"The latest film by internationally acclaimed young Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf is the first to be made in the ruined city of Kabul. It tells the story of Noqreh, a young woman eager to take advantage of the new freedoms and opportunities afforded to women."

Bābā ʻAzīz: le prince qui contemplait son âme
"The story of a blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape. To keep Ishtar entertained, Bab'Aziz relays the ancient tale of a prince who relinquished his realm. As the tale of the prince unfolds, the two encounter other travelers with stories of their own."

Bacheha-Ye aseman = Children of Heaven
"A young boy, Ali, loses his sister Zahra's school shoes. In order to stay out of trouble, the two come up with a plan to share Ali's shoes, but they must keep it a secret from their parents."

Bad ma ra khahad bord
"A filmmaker travels to a remote mountain village secretly planning to record a local ritual ceremony surrounding an old dying woman. He befriends a local boy who ultimately becomes his informant on the fate of the old woman. As the rustling wind, golden light, and deep shadows of the village cast an alluring spell, the deathwatch drags on as the woman stubbornly clings to life, leaving the crew impatient."

Bāgh-i Muẓaffar
"a 2006 Iranian satire television series. It was directed by Mehran Modiri."

"The story of illegal Afghan immigrants living and working at a construction site in Tehran, Iran. When one of the workers is injured, his daughter, posing as a man, becomes the breadwinner. But a hot-headed 17 year-old local youth also working at the site discovers the secret."

Bidūni-i tārīkh, bidūn-i imz̤āʼ
"Forensic pathologist Dr. Nariman's car accidentally injures a motorcyclist's eight-year-old son. He offers to take the child to a clinic, but the father refuses his help and his money. A few days later, in the hospital where he works, Dr. Nariman learns that the boy has died under suspicious circumstances. His existential dilemma: is he responsible for the death, or did the child die of another cause, as the autopsy suggests? It's a study in ethical nuance, filtered through class consciousness."

Būy-i kāfūr, ʻiṭr-i yās = The Smell of Camphor, the Fragrance of Jasmine
"Baham Farjami, a filmmaker who has not directed for 20 years due to censorship, experiences a strange set of coincidences that convince him that the Angel of Death is near."

Il cerchio = The Circle
"This film offers insights into the lives of women in Iran. As the narrative dynamically shifts from woman to woman, their stories culminate with tremendous potency, transforming a shared sense of dispair and injustice into one of kinship and even hope."

"A coming-of-age story set in the world of Iranian youth culture, filled with sex, drugs and defiance. A wealthy family struggles to contain their teenage daughter's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession."

"Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Ali Sabzian enters the home of a well-to-do family in Teheran, promising it a prominent part in his next movie. The actual people involved in the incident re-enact the actual events, followed by the footage from the actual trial that took place."

The Colour of Paradise
"Mohammad joyfully returns to his tiny village on summer vacation from the Institute for the Blind in Tehran, unaware of his father's intention to disown him. Engaged to be married, the widowed man has kept Mohammad a secret from his fiancée, certain the boy's disability will destroy his only chance for happiness. With the wedding swiftly approaching Mohammad's future hangs precariously 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."

The Cow
"In a small village in Iran, Hassan cherishes his cow more that anything in the world but, while he is away, the cow mysteriously dies and the villages try to convince Hassan that she has only wandered off. The griefstricken Hassan begins to believe that he is the cow."

Crimson Gold
"Hussein is a pizza deliveryman in Tehran. Wounded in the Iraq-Iran war, he suffers from an unnamed illness for which he takes 'medication.' When not delivering pizza, he and his naïve, talkative friend Ali are petty thieves. Hussein is engaged to Ali's sister. His job brings him repeatedly to the doorways of Tehran's well-heeled, Westernized citizens, who treat him as though he were invisible. Hussein is upset by being treated like a second-class citizen, especially after bravely serving in the war. After being turned away by the owner of a posh jewelry story, and then treated with coldness and condescension on a return visit, Hussein decides that the humiliation is not to be borne. He might have seemed still and implacable, but he was not frozen, only waiting."

Dar bārih Illī  = About Elly
"A group of middle-class friends travel from Tehran to spend the weekend at the seaside. Sepideh invites Elly, who is her daughter's teacher, to travel with the three families in order to introduce her to their recently divorced friend Ahmad, now living in Germany. The next morning, the two women go shopping in the town and Elly says that she has to return to Tehran because her mother has been recently submitted to hospital for heart surgery, but Sepideh asks her to stay and hides her luggage. The children are playing in the sea and one mother asks Elly to watch them. Out of the blue, Sepideh's daughter calls to some men playing volleyball to rescue one of the children from the water. After rescuing the little boy they seek out Elly, questioning whether she has drowned or returned to Tehran. What has happened to Elly?" -  Claudio Carvalho

"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."

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

Fireworks Wednesday = Chahar shanbeh souri
"All of Tehran is preparing to celebrate the traditional 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 she finds her employers' household in crisis over accusations of infidelity."

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
"The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made. A joyful mash up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films and the Iranian New Wave."

Ḥasan kachal
"Hasan wanders around the city and into a garden where he sees a woman named Chelgis, whom he falls in love with. On the same night, a genie appears and tells him that he can make six wishes, but for every wish that is granted, one sixth of his life will pass. He realizes that each one of his wishes can be made to help him possess Cheigis. He finally decides to give all his life if he can obtain the key to the spell which has bound Chelgis."

Hizār dastān
jewelry shop is robbed by Moffatesh Shesh Angoshti. A set of jewelry belonging to Khan -e- Mozaffar's daughter-in-law, Amineh Aghdas is among the stolen jewels. Khan -e- Mozaffar, who used to be the governor of Kerman, asks the Head of the Police in Tehran to locate the missing jewels. Head of Police then assigns Moffatesh to find the set of jewelry. After a few unsuccessful attempts to recover the jewelry set, Moffatesh realizes that a Police Officer stole the set in the process of crime.The corrupt inspector, whose position has become shaky, retreats to Mashhad. He asserts pressure on Reza Khoshnevis, the famous calligrapher, to hand over his wealth to him. It is then that Reza recounts the story of his life under torture."

Jazīrah-yi āhanī = Iron Island
"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."

Jodái-e Náder az Simin = A Separation
"A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease."

Kāfih Sitārih = Café Setareh
"Three women who live in a poor neighborhood in Tehran actively seek a better life in this contemporary slice of Iranian life."

Keshtzar haye sepid = The White Meadows
"In this dreamlike yet earthbound film, Rahmat the boatman navigates the increasingly brackish waters of a coastal land, collecting the heartaches and tears of its inhabitants. But he remains powerless against their misguided attempts to appease the gods and make the land green again, whether by offering a bride to the sea or forcibly 'treating' the eyes of a painter who sees in different colors. Drawing firsthand on the challenges faced by Iranian artists of today, writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof's deeply atmospheric and poetical film is a gorgeous allegory of intolerance, brutality and mystified routine that resonates far beyond any one state's borders."