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Films

Below you will find a brief synopsis of the films that will be screened as part this series. All of the films will be screened at 5:00 PM on the date listed below and in the schedule. Please see the schedule of events for complete screening information.

THE WIND WILL CARRY US (1999)

A film by Abbas Kiarostami.

Taking its title from a famous verse by the Iranian poetess Forough Farrokhzad, The Wind Will Carry Us intertwines traditional Persian poetry (from Farrokhzad and Omar Khayyam) with the story of an engineer from Tehran who goes to a small Iranian village to await the imminent death of an elderly woman in order to record traditional mourning ceremonies. The film challenges audiences to mediate on the human condition, as defined between the limits of birth and death.

The Wind Will Carry Us will be screened on October 15, 2008.

THE RUNNER (1985)

A film by Amir Naderi.

Amiro is an orphaned boy whose competitive spirit and gentle humanity are tested on a daily basis as he navigates the harsh social and natural climates of the southern Iranian port city, Abadan. Illiterate and homeless, Amiru carves out his existence and his identity in this realist masterpiece from Amir Naderi, which was one of the first films to garner international acclaim for post-revolutionary Iranian cinema.

The Runner will be screened on February 3, 2009.

OFFSIDE (2006)

A film by Jafar Panahi.

Banned by the Islamic Republic of Iran's legal system from attending live male sporting events, the latest film by acclaimed director Jafar Panahi, satirizes these restrictions by following the experiences of young women soccer fans who disguise themselves as men in order to sneak into Tehran's Azadi Stadium to see an important World Cup qualifying match between Iran and Bahrain.

Offside will be screened on March 18, 2009.

THE WILLOW TREE (2005)

A film by Majid Majidi.

Academy Award nominee Majid Majidi's latest film follows Youssef, a forty-five year old blind man whose eyesight has been restored by a breakthrough surgical procedure. Consequently, Youssef suffers an existentialist crisis, questioning God, justice, and his lifelong relationships with family and friends, which were all predicated on his sightless perspective.

The Willow Tree will be screened on April 7, 2009.

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