Haul Bahm's Cinema Selections, and more

Much like how Cuba has deep cultural riches in its music and dance, Iran is famous for its world-class cinema.  These in particular are very poetic and insightful, in terms of the sensibilities and spirit of Iranian people.

The Cow by Dariush Mehrjui, 1969
(A powerful, visually poetic film on deprivation and freedom)

A Taste of Cherry by Abbas Kiarostami
(A man gazes at the sweetness of life while contemplating suicide)

The Silence by Moshen Makmalbaf, 1998
(A distractable, imaginative blind boy navigates work and life through sound)

The Runner by Amir Naderi, 1985
(The triumph and education of a street orphan in the Persian Gulf)

A Time for Drunken Horses by Bahman Ghobadi, 2000
(An arresting story of an elderly Iranian Kurdish man, accompanied by his two musician sons, trying to locate his wife near the border)

Still Life by Sohrab Shahid Saless, 1974
(A silent and poetic portrait of an aging couple, living in remote Iran)

Baran by Majid Majidi, 2001
(An unlikely love story, and a perfect expression of "romantic" love, Iranian-style)

Grass:  A Nation's Battle for Life by Richard Carver and Terry
Ramsaye, 1925
(The first documentary of Iran ever made by Westerners.   An epic mountain crossing of the Bakhtiari tribe to find grazing pastures.)

The best English-subtitle distributor for these films is ParsVideo.  Your
local library can order these via:

(818) 881-4881
18740 Oxnard Street, Suite 303
Tarzana, CA 91356

I do hope some of these films make the permanent collection of your local
library.  They are all treasures of world cinema.


Note:  Sam and Ruth also suggest "The Children of Heaven" (1999),  a bittersweet story of two poor children in Tehran, making do with one pair of shoes. We enjoyed seeing it some years ago, and want to see it again.   Find it at Amazon or Netflix.

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