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MIA Exhibition Series – presented by DFI

Mohsen Makhmalbaf / Feature Narrative / France, Iran / 1996 / 75 min / Colour / 35mm
In Farsi / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Drama
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.

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A nomadic tribe in Southeast Iran, whose specialty is weaving “gabbeh” (Persian carpets) is dying out… On the banks of a river, an old woman who is washing one of these carpets seems to be conversing with it. The motifs of this “gabbeh” relate the love story of a young girl whose parents refuse to let her marry the man she loves. As the tribe starts a long journey across the steppe, the man follows on horseback far behind.

About the Director

Mohsen Makhmalbaf is known as one of today’s most influential filmmakers and a founder of the new wave of Iranian cinema. Many of his films have been well received around the globe and have brought him over 50 international awards from the prestigious film festivals, among them Cannes, Venice and Locarno. His ‘Kandahar’ was chosen as one of the top 100 best films in the history of cinema by ‘Time’ magazine.


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