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The White Balloon


Iranian filmmaker Jafar Pinahi's debut feature The White Balloon tells the story of Razieh ([[Performer~P239099~Aida Mohammadkhani~aidamohammadkhani]]), a seven-year-old girl intent on buying a new goldfish in time for Tehran's annual New Year's Day festivities (in Iranian culture, the goldfish is a symbol of life). Upon badgering her mother into giving her a 500-toman banknote, Razieh heads off to the marketplace alone; it is her first real experience away from her parents' watchful eyes, and the...more