Farsi Language DVDs

  • (Kiarostami, 1994) Through the olive trees = Zire darakhatan zeyton
    DVD2826, 1997, 85 min. "A young homeless and illiterate bricklayer is given a small role in a film as the newly-wed husband of the girl he adores. He persists with his dream to make her his real wife."
  • (Kiarostami, 1999) Taste of cherry = Taʹm e guilass
    DVD677, 1999, 95 min."Mr. Badii, ceaselessly driving through the red-brown hills around Tehran in search of assistance from someone who will either rescue him, or bury him after his suicide. From each of the men he asks for help, he gets a different viewpoint on life."
  • (Kiarostami, 1999) Wind will carry us = Bad ma ra khahad bord
    DVD 667, 1999, 114 min. "A filmmaker travels to a remote mountain village secretly planning to record a local ritual ceremony surrounding an old dying woman. Upon arrival, his crew is met by Farzad, a young boy from the town who, at first, becomes their guide, but ultimately becomes their informant on the fate of the old woman. Pretending to be archaeologists, the filmmakers attempt to befriend people in the village - with mixed results. 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."
  • Bab'Aziz [videorecording] = Bābā ʻAzīz : The prince who contemplated his soul
    DVD 7816 (96 min) Bab'Aziz (Bābā ʻAzīz), a very old blind dervish is on his way to a place unknown where a Sufi gathering is to take place. Guiding him across a sea of sand is his granddaughter Ishtar, a little girl, who loves her grandpa but who is afraid they might never reach their destination, all the more as the meeting is organized only once every thirty years. But Bab'Aziz is undeterred. He knows that if he "listens to the infinite silence of the desert with his heart" he will find the place. While making their way, they meet strange persons and Bab'Aziz tells Ishtar strange tales.
  • Baysīkilrān [videorecording] = The cyclist
    DVD 4757 (79 min.) Nazim, formerly a cyclist, but now a lowly Afghan guest worker in Iran, must overcome many obstacles in his attempt to ride a bicycle continuously for seven days and nights, in order to obtain money to pay for medical care for his desperately ill wife.
  • Bārān [videorecording] = Rain
    DVD 2717 (96 min) 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.
  • Bāshū [videorecording] : gharībah-yi kūchak = Bashu : the little stranger
    DVD 2829 (115 min.) A tale of a young boy orphaned by the Iran-Iraq War who flees to a region far away from the battle fronts, and there starts anew. Bashu offers universal messages about racial tolerance and the strength of the family.
  • Būy-i kāfūr, ʻiṭr-i yās [videorecording] = Smell of camphor, fragrance of jasmine
    DVD 1017 (93 min.) Baham Farjami, a filmmaker who has not directed for 20 yeards due to the censorship of the regime, is making a documentary on funeral practices in Iran and experiences a strange set of coincidences that convince him that the Angel of Death is near.
  • Children of heaven [videorecording] = Bacheha-Ye aseman
    VHS 6408 (83 min.) 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.
  • Crimson gold (Talaye sorkh, 2004)
    DVD2853, 2004, 97 min. "This is a story of Hussein, a humble pizza deliveryman who feels continually humiliated by the injustices he sees all around him. When his friend Ali finds a receipt for a stranger's necklace purchase, Hussein is stunned by its exceptionally high cost. He knows that his pitiful salary will never be enough to afford such a luxury. Soon after, he and Ali are refused entry to an uptown jewelry store because of their scruffy appearances; his rage over this slight sets off a series of events. But, Hussein will taste the luxurious life for one night before his deep feelings of humiliation push him over the edge."
  • Davandah [videorecording] = The runner
    DVD 2831 (94 min.) 2001 Shows how a young boy lives by his wits on the streets of a coastal city. Amiro is a young boy who has lost his home during the war. He spends his days by working odd jobs, until he realizes that the only way that he can realize his dreams is by enrolling in school. In school, he has conflict with other students. Finally there is a competition to see who can say the whole alphabet in one breath.
  • Gaav [videorecording] = The cow
    DVD 1052 (100 min.) In a small village in Iran, Hassan cherishes his cow more than anything in the world. While he is away, the cow mysteriously dies, and the villagers protectively try to convince Hassan the cow has wandered off. Grief stricken, Hassan begins to believe he is his own beloved bovine.
  • Il cerchio [videorecording] = The circle
    DVD 117 (87 min.) This film offers insights into the lives of women in Iran. Their plights are often tragically similar, and their world is one of constant surveillance, bureaucracy, and age-old inequities. But this stifling world cannot extinguish the spirit, strength and courage of this 'circle of women'. 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.
  • Kandahar [videorecording] : journey into the heart of Afghanistan
    DVD 256 CORE (87 min.) 2003 Nafas, an Afghan-born Canadian journalist, returns to her homeland in a desperate attempt to reach her sister, who, overcome with grief after being injured by a landmine and her despair over the Taliban's oppression of women, has vowed that she will commit suicide at the time of the next solar eclipse, only three days away. In English and Farsi with optional English or French subtitles.
  • Leila
    DVD 2714 (129 min.) 1997 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.
  • Nāsir al-din Shah aktur-i cīnemā [videorecording] = Once upon a time cinema
    DVD 1016 (100 min.) 2000 A cinematographer introduces movies to the Persian court during the Qajar dynasty. The Shah intially opposes the new medium but he falls in love with the film's heroine.
  • Nun va guldun [videorecording] = Moment of innocence
    DVD 2830 (78 min.) 1996 Reconstructs an incident in the director's life. A former policeman wants to play in Makhmalbaf's next film. It turns out that they had already met, twenty years before, when Makhmalbaf was arrested for trying to take the policeman's gun. Makhmalbaf decides that they should recreate this incident on film, each from their own point of view.
  • Ragbār [videorecording] = Downpour
    DVD 7733 (90 min.) Mr. Ḥikmatī, the newly arrived teacher, faces unruly pupils and a rumor-mongering faculty, but his toughest challenge is wooing ʻĀṭifah, sister to his most ill-starred student, Muṣayyib. Ḥikmatī incurs the jealous wrath of ʻĀṭifah's bullish suitor, Mr. Raḥīm, and events approach a climax during a rainstorm.
  • Roozi keh zan shodam [videorecording] = The day I became a woman
    DVD 2713 (78 min.) 2005 Three portraits of women at three stages of life in Iran, including a nine-year-old girl told she can no longer play with boys because she is now a "woman", a young woman who enters a bicycle race against her husband's wishes, and an old woman who gains money and the freedom to do what she wishes with it. Special features include text of the director's statement, interview, and filmography.
  • Silence [videorecording] = Sukūt
    DVD 2795 (73 min.) 2005 From one of Iran's most celebrated filmmakers comes 'The Silence', a hypnotic symphony of visual and aural rhythms. It follows the life of Khorshid, a blind 10-year-old boy who experiences life through hypnotic sounds and the music of the world.
  • Sīb [videorecording] = Apple / director, Samira Makhmalbaf
    DVD 146(86 min.) 2002 In a poor area of Tehran, some people inform the local welfare authorities that one of their neighbours is keeping his twin 11-year-old girls, Zahra and Masume locked up in his house and they have been living virtually as prisoners of their poor father and blind mother.
  • Song of sparrows [videorecording] = Avaze gonjeshk-ha
    DVD 6649 (96 min.) 2009 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.
  • Under the skin of the city [videorecording] = Zir-e poost-e shahr
    DVD 2703 (93 min.) 2004 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.
  • Women without men
    DVD 4729 (95 min.) 2011 "Set against the political turmoil of Iran's 1953 coup d'etat, Women without men tells the story of four disparate women whose lives converge in a mystical orchard on the outskirts of Tehran...." -- from container.
  • Zamāni baray-i mastī asbhā [videorecording] = A time for drunken horses
    DVD 2832 (80 min.) 2000 Just off the Iraqi border in the cold and stark mountains of Iranian Kurdistan, a boy is forced into the smuggling trade in order to raise money to get medical treatment for his older brother. After their father dies, a family of five are forced to survive on their own in a Kurdish village on the border of Iran and Iraq. Matters are made worse when 12 year old Ayoub, the new head of the family, is told that his handicapped brother, Madi, needs an immediate operation in order to remain alive. This heartbreaking tale shows the lengths to which a family will go in order to survive in the harshest of conditions, where even the horses are fed liquor in order to work.
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