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Marghe And Her Mother

Claudia, a 22 year-old single mother, gets evicted from her house for not being able to pay the rent. She is forced to leave her six years old daughter with an old lady, while she goes to search for a job and her never found true love.



The Tenant

It’s the story of a young Iranian boy who has come to London to seek asylum as a refugee. He has been tenant of an old lady for the past three month. However he cannot afford paying his £400 monthly rent.
The Landlady wants to throw him out. But...

The President

The President tells the story of a dictator who comes face to face with the people he previously subjugated.
The President and his family rule their land with an iron fist, enjoying lives of luxury and leisure at the expense of their population's misery....

Ongoing Smile

At the age of 74, many people retire themselves or go and spend the rest of their life in elderly’s house. But Kim Dong-Ho has made the decision to live like a young and energetic man until the end of his life.
He gets up early around 4 am...

The Gardener

An Iranian film maker and his son travel to Israel to investigate a world religion with around 7 million followers, which originated in Iran about a hundred and seventy years ago. Youth from all over the world come to Haifa, the center of this religion,...

The Chair

Dự đoán kết quả xổ số miền bắc A man goes to talk to god in desert. As he starts his speech, all the creatures in the desert get scared of the way he talks to his god and run away…

Scream Of The Ants

A girl believing in god is in love with an atheist. They decide to spend their honeymoon in India. So they start their adventure in …

Sex & Philosophy

A 40 year old man who has celebrated his birthday alone by himself invites his four lovers to a dance class that he teaches in order to search for the roots of his own loneliness and by reminiscing the memories of how each of his love affairs were evolved and...

Afghan Alphabet

Mohsen Makhmalbaf tracks the children who do not attend school in the border villages between Iran and Afghanistan with his digital camera and questions why they are not being educated. He finds girls studying in UNICEF classes in one region. One of the girls is...


Nafas is a young Afghan journalist who has taken refuge in Canada. She receives a desperate letter from her little sister, who has stayed behind in Afghanistan and has decided to end her life before the imminently approaching eclipse of the sun. Nafas fled her...

Test Of Democracy

Mohsen Makhmalbaf whom is busy making the movie “The Door” on an island encounters many problems for making the movie with a 35 mm camera. The lack of facilities, censorship control on cinema equipment and the difficulty of working with non-professional and local...

The Door

An old man carries a worn-out wooden door, which is the last remainder of his belongings; on his shoulders in the desert and her masked daughter along with a goat follow him. The postman comes with a bicycle and brings a letter for the door that the old man is...


Korshid whom is a blind boy tunes new music instruments because of the sensitivity of his ears. Everyday he goes to the workshop from home with a bus. Her mother has advised him to put his finger in his ear so that the attractive sounds that he hears on his way...

A Moment Of Innocence

"An exquisite combination of personal history, documentary and fiction, in which the director and a police officer reconstruct a crucial incident that fatefully brought their lives together 20 years earlier."


Wind Ruined The School

An old man enters a nomadic school. The teacher thought he would be an inspector from training & Educational Ministry, so let him ask some question from the class to obtain what the average I.Q. is. While he gets the students as witness that he didn’t steal...


Gabbeh is a brilliantly colorful, profoundly romantic ode to beauty, nature, love and art. Mohsen Makhmalbaf originally traveled to the remote steppes of southeastern Iran to document the lives of an almost extinct tribe of nomads. For centuries, these wandering...

Salam Cinema

Mohsen Makhmalbaf gives an advertisement in the newspapers and informs those who are interested in acting that in a test some of them would be chosen for making a movie on the occasion of the hundredth year of the birth of the Cinema. On due day a lot of people...

Stone And Glass

An explanation about the glass production route along with humorous dialogues, which have been edited parallel to images from Charlie Chaplin’s movies.

The Actor

Akbar Abdi, the popular film actor has always wanted to act only in serious, art films, but a number of circumstances including financial problems force him to appear in commercial productions. Once again Abdi makes up his mind never to act in commercial movies,...

Images From The Ghajar Dynasty

A documentary report on paintings, photographs and the first cinematography images in Iran, which belongs to 90 years ago.

Once Upon A Time Cinema

The King, who is against cinema and censors the films himself, 
falls in love with one of the actresses of an old movie and in order to get hold of his lover he leaves the throne and goes after the cinema.

The Nights Of Zayandeh-rood

The film is about an anthropologist and his daughter, and it happens during three different periods: 
Before, during and after the revolution.

The daughter works in accidents and emergency department of a hospital, where they bring in different...

Time Of Love

First Narrative:
Young Gozal whose husband is a taxi driver has an affair with a young blond shoeshine boy. One day an old man who can’t hear well is recording the bird’s songs when he hears what they say to each other. So...

Marriage Of The Blessed

After Partial recovery from the impact of explosion waves, Haji a young combatant leaves hospital and advised by doctors to get married for perfect recuperation. His fiancée’s father is a businessman who is planning to marry his daughter to a rich man. While...

The Cyclist

Noghre, Nasim’s husband-an Afghani emigrant- is suffering from a bad disease, which the treatment needs a lot of money. Nasim hospitalizes him after a lot of begging and insisting so that she could go after the money they need. When a middleman finds out that...

The Peddler


Episode one: The Happy child
The fourth child of a poor couple, whom live in Halabiabad (a dispossessed place in Tehran), is born. In the maternity they tell them that if the child does not have good nutrition he would become...


Valeh is an irregular troop communist. His wife seeks a life and she is against the dangerous activities of her husband. When Vale takes his wife to the hospital for childbirth, he gets arrested in a Team-house and after being tortured and interrogated...

Fleeing From Evil to God


Five men run away from Evil. Evil comes there to welcome them and once again...

Two Blind Eyes



Iman whom likes to go to the front has some problems that...



Lotf-ali Khan whom is a retired bank employee and attached to his family has a heart-failure one night at home. His family take him to the cemetery as they think that he is dead but he gains consciousness before they bury him and his family run away of fright. No...

The Man Who Came With The Snow

In the freezing cold of 1992; in some part of the former Soviet Union, a stranger enters into a bar. Gradually the man mysterious present starts to worries the people inside the bar, until….

Stray Dogs


A couple of little kids (a brother and sister) living in Kabul of Afghanistan save a dog-said to be belonging to foreigners-from some children who want to harm him, and refer to the city’s prison. The prison guard tells them that visiting hours are over but they claim...

The Day I Became A Woman



This film is episodic and it consists of 3 stories about the women’s situation in Iran.

First story: Hava

One morning a small girl named Hava wakes up and notices that she has become a woman because she is now 9 years old and...

Two-legged Horse

In order to get the job, the boy has to participate in a contest with other poor children. Any one of the boys who can carry on his back a lame boy-who lost his legs in war-and take him to school and run like a horse will become the winner. A tough...

At five in the Afternoon

After the downfall of the Taliban’s regime in Afghanistan a young girl puts effort to make the best use from the freedom existing in the new era for her own social growth as a woman.

September 11

The Name Of Episode: God, Construction, Destruction
After the Sept. 11th incident the Afghan refugees living in Iran were worried that America might attack Afghanistan.
Despite the concerns about America’s attack, a...


After the chemical bombing of Halabcheh in Iraq a number of Kurd refugee teachers seek for pupils who are willing to educate around the border as they carry their blackboards like Jesus’ crosses. One of them encounters a group of teenage smugglers...

The Apple

A father imprisons her two children in the house for 11 years from when they were 2 years old up to when they became 13 years old. When the neighbors become aware of the fact and inform the welfare ministry to come and help the children, the girls have...

How Samira Made The Blackboard

The film and camera of Maysam Makhmalbaf, Samira’s brother follows her like an invisible eye. From her first subconscious presence as an actor, when she was one months old and crying in her mothers arms, while acting in a feature movie made by his father...

Green Days

Ava is a depressed Iranian Girl. She goes to psychologist for treatment. She sees past political incident in Iran as the cause of her depression. 
The psychologist advise her to do some labor work like cleaning the staircases and even asks her to...

Buddha Collapsed Out Of Shame

Amidst the wreckage beneath the ruined statue of the Buddha, thousands of families struggle to survive. Baktay, a six-year-old Afghan girl is challenged to go to school by her neighbour's son who reads in front of their cave. Having found the money to buy...

Samira & Non-professional Actors

This is an educational documentary by Hana Makhmalbaf on Samira Makhmalbaf’s style of filmmaking and the techniques she uses to lead non professional actors.

Joy of Madness

Samira Makhmalbaf goes to Kabul for making her next film, 5 in the Afternoon. Like before she goes between ordinary people and try to cast for the shooting. But in Afghanistan no one accepts to act in film. Everyone is afraid of the others. Mullah...

The Day My Aunt Was ill

When Hana’s aunt goes to the hospital to have a nose job, grandpa comes to take care of the kids. The kids go play in the alley, but to be on the safe side, grandpa suggest they’d come back home. They accept to return home on the one condition...