“A film that showcases love for cinema as a tool of political resistance against religious fundamentalism and autocracy.” - Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV

“The moody texture of the film is enhanced further by Ekkehard Wölk’s gorgeous jazz score.” - David Jenkins, Little White Lies

“A lyrical and very personal essay.” - Wendy Ide, Screen International

Thursday, February 1, 6:15 p.m. | After the Iranian Revolution, a movie collector in Tehran hid thousands of films to prevent their destruction by the new Islamic regime. Despite arrest and torture, he refused to give up his secret. In this moving and inspiring autobiography about the subversive power of celluloid dreams, his story of resistance is told by the boy who became his partner in crime, recollected years later from exile in London.

Awards & Nominations

Nominee - Grierson Award, Documentary Film, London Film Festival

Annual Festival of Films from IranFor our 35th Iranian spotlight, the Film Center proudly presents 11 films—including ten Chicago premieres—from directors working within and outside of Iran. Join us for a week of embracing and changing perspectives, connecting with new voices, and exploring Iran’s political, social, and cultural world. View full festival.

The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email filmcenter@saic.edu