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FULL SYNOPSIS

Former assistant director to Abbas Kiarostami and star of Samira Makhmalbaf's Blackboards, Bahman Ghobadi makes his directorial debut with this gritty, documentary-like look at Kurdish orphans struggling to survive. Shot in the village where the filmmaker grew up, the film unsentimentally depicts how children are packed in trucks and driven to the city to perform such menial jobs as wrapping parcels or, more likely, carrying large boxes like pack mules. Though Ayoub is all of 12 years old, he has become the head of the household, which includes his severely disabled older brother -- who is also deathly ill. In order to pay for an operation that might prolong his life, Ayoub joins a group of smugglers who traffic truck tires to Iraq. Negotiating landmines and dodging border guards, they struggle to get their overburdened mules through snow covered mountains by plying them with alcohol. Later, the eldest sister agrees to marry an Iraqi Kurd, under the belief that the groom's family will pay for the operation. This film was screened at the 2000 Cannes and Toronto film festivals. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

  • Release date:September 13, 2000

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Cannes Film Festival Bahman Ghobadi Camera d'Or 2000 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Bahman Ghobadi Best Foreign Film 2000 Nominee

Crew

Bahman Ghobadi
Director
Bahman Ghobadi
Producer
Bahman Ghobadi
Screenwriter
Saed Nikzat
Cinematographer
Hossein Alizadeh
Composer (Music Score)
Samad Tavazoie
Editor
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