Year: 2000
USA: The Shooting Gallery
UK: Gala Film Distributors
Cast: Ayoub Ahmadi, Rojin Younessi, Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini, Madi Ekhtiar-dini, Kolsolum Ekhtiar-dini, Karim Ekhtiar-dini, Rahman Salehi, Osman Karimi, Nezhad Ekhtiar-dini
Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Countries: France / Iran
Language: Iranian (English subtitles)
USA & UK: 80 mins
UK Certificate: PG contains mild violence, peril and theme of hardship
USA Release Date: 27 October 2000 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 17 August 2001


Already a big hit on the Festival circuit, this award winning film from Iran, directed by Bahman Ghobadi, has generated tremendous word of mouth wherever it has played. This moving story shows how the strength of love between brother and sister can overcome adversity.

Set in a Kurdish village, the film centres on a young family of six children. Their parents are dead and they are forced to work long and hard just to survive. When Ayoub, who although just a teenager is the head of the family, finds out that his brother Madi has a life-threatening illness, the family hatch a plot full of potential hazards in order to earn some extra money to get him the urgent medical treatment he needs. However will all their efforts be in vain?