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1.

Once Upon a Time Cinema

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A cinematographer introduces movies to the Persian court. The Shah initially opposes the new medium but he falls in love with the film's heroine.
VHS
1998; 1992
Ivy (By Request)
2.

Khanah Siyah Ast: The House Is Black

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This film about the leprosy colony in Tabriz, Iran is a compassionate portrait of forgotten people. Straightforward yet sympathetic, the film affords dignity to its subjects, particularly through Farrokhzad's striking poem read by the poet herself. The House Is Black has heavily influenced the modern Iranian cinema of such great filmmakers as Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf, who called it "the best Iranian film." It provides, in the film's own words, "a vision of pain no caring human being should ignore."
DVD
2005; 1962
Clemons (Stacks)
3.

Close-Up

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This docudrama comments on Iranian society. Ali Sabzian claims to a fellow passenger on the bus that he is the famous Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. He then becomes involved with his fellow passenger and her family, claiming that he has cast the family's son in a major role. At some point this tale comes unravelled, and the family takes him to court. A well-meaning judge persuades the family to drop the charges against this unemployed man. Ironically, while Ali is on trial, the maker of this current film (Abbas Kiarostami) decides to film the proceedings, and also stages reconstruction of the events leading up to the trial, using all the actual participants, but has the restaged trial end less happily.
DVD
2001
Clemons (Stacks)
4.

Nargess

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Tragic tale of a love triangle. An aging thief, Afagh, is in danger of losing her rakish young lover, Adel. Adel meets Nargess and resolves to go straight after one last burglary.
VHS
1998; 1992
Ivy (By Request)
5.

The Last Act

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The action takes place in 1930's Tehran where a sinister brother and sister plot to dispose of their recently widowed sister-in-law in order to obtain her inheritance.
VHS
1998; 1991
Ivy (By Request)
6.

Zinat

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Zinat runs a health clinic in southern Iran. When she becomes engaged to Hamed his mother demands that she quit her job.
VHS
1998; 1994
Ivy (By Request)
7.

Travellers

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Story of a wedding ceremony which turns into a funeral wake when the bride's siter and her family are killed in a traffic accident.
VHS
1998; 1992
Ivy (By Request)
8.

The Legend of Sigh

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A woman suffering from writer's block is helped by the spirit, Ah.
VHS
1998; 1991
Ivy (By Request)
9.

The Need: Niaz

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Two poor boys compete for a coveted apprenticeship in a printshop.
VHS
1996; 1991
Ivy (By Request)
10.

Kelid: The Key

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"Humor, pathos, and suspense inform this story of a four-year-old and an infant left home alone while their mother runs out to do some shopping."--Container.
VHS
1996; 1986
Ivy (By Request)
11.

Life and Nothing More

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A father and son travel to Quoker and meet earthquake survivors who desperately and valiantly work to reconstruct their lives. The film investigates the aftermath of a devastating 1990 earthquake which killed some 50,000 people in northern Iran.
VHS
1996; 1992
Ivy (By Request)
12.

Bicycleran: The Cyclist

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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.
VHS
1996; 1989
Ivy (By Request)
13.

Where Is My Friend's House?

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A boy faces challenges and obstacles while searching for his friend.
VHS
1996; 1989
Ivy (By Request)
14.

The Kelid: The Key

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Humor, pathos and suspense inform this story of a four-year-old and an infant left home alone while their mother runs out to do some shopping.
VHS
2000; 1986
Ivy (By Request)
15.

Niaz: The Need

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Two poor Iranian boys compete as apprentices for a much-needed job in a printshop.
VHS
2000; 1991
Ivy (By Request)
16.

Dokhtaran Khorshid: Daughters of the Sun

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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.
DVD
2004; 2000
Clemons (Stacks)
17.

Bicyleran: The Cyclist

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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.
VHS
2000; 1989
Ivy (By Request)
18.

Dastfurūsh: The Pedlar

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Three short tales set among the poor of contemporary Tehran describing a kindly but naive couple who want someone to adopt their baby, a mentally unstable man who lives with his invalid mother, and the last hours of a peddler suspected of betraying his friends.
VHS
2000; 1986
Ivy (By Request)
19.

Khaneh, Ye Doust Kojast: Where Is My Friend's House?

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A boy faces challenges and obstacles while searching for his friend.
VHS
2000; 1989
Ivy (By Request)