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From Afar


Persian director Ramin Mohseni's episode film Az Dourdast (AKA From Afar) tells three successive stories of life in Iran, each with the same two actors, Jamshid Hasempour and Kourosh Tahami. The first, a parable about the holiness of knowledge and the written word, cross-cuts between two time frames: the ancient past, where a sheik (Hasempour) combats the aftereffects of a barbarian invasion by struggling to prevent his books from being burned, and contemporary times, where an Iranian student (Tahami...more