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Film Series : 30th Annual Festival of Films from Iran

Finding Farideh

2018, Khourosh Ataee and Azadeh Moussari, Iran/Netherlands, 88 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Feb 15th 6:00pm
  • Sun, Feb 16th 5:00pm

“A lot of laughing and a lot of tears…takes the viewer into territory rarely explored in contemporary Iranian films.”—Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

“Packs a punch…revealing great insights into family life and what it means to find yourself.”—Joel Kalkopf, Switch

In Iran’s official submission for Oscar consideration, an Iranian woman adopted at the age of two from a Tehran orphanage by a Dutch family makes an emotional journey in search of her birth family. Eline Koning, aka Farideh, was abandoned as an infant at a religious shrine in the city of Mashad. With the help of a newspaper ad and a Persian-speaking friend, Farideh, now 38, ventures to Iran for the first time to meet three different families that have come forward. Each had abandoned a child at the shrine under tragic circumstances, and each seeks to claim her. Joy and tears mix in excess when these extended clans welcome her as their long-lost daughter. Stories of regret, guilt, shame and hardship are spilled, each one more wrenching than the last. The film builds to the tense day when the three families await the results of the DNA tests that will tell the tale. In Persian, Dutch, and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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