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Film Series : Abbas Kiarostami

ABC Africa

2001, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran, 88 min.

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Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 11th 6:00pm
  • Mon, Oct 14th 8:00pm

“What is on screen, above all, is life.”—A.O. Scott. The New York Times

“Consistently engaged and engaging…cinema that bravely takes its audience beyond a blinding conception-plagued veil and into a realm of simple, glorious truth.”—Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine

Invited by an agency of the United Nations to make a documentary calling attention to the plight of orphans in Uganda, Kiarostami fulfilled the task with seeming uninflected directness, yet his images perceive more than the commissioners might have imagined. The crew’s role as outsiders is implicit in the film’s self-referential method, but unvarnished emotion, nuances of physical and spiritual suffering, and the irrepressible joy of living speak to the camera without a filter. Characteristically, the director interprets this nation through its smallest and most powerless citizens, whether a dying boy in a bare clinic, or a child being carried away by new adoptive parents. In Persian and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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