Iran

Offside

Offside

Offside

IMDb: 7.4
2006
93min

Since women are banned from soccer matches, Iranian females masquerade as males so they can slip into Tehran’s stadium to see the game between Iran and Bahrain. The ones who are caught and arrested are taken to a holding area and guarded by soldiers. One sympathetic soldier agrees to watch the game through a peephole and recount the action to the impatient fans.

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Cut: Exposing FGM Worldwide

Cut: Exposing FGM Worldwide

Cut: Exposing FGM Worldwide

IMDb: 6.7
2017
86min

Taking more than six years to complete, The Cut is a feature-length documentary that conclusively proves that female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM) can be found as a native practice on all inhabitable continents. From war zones in the Middle-East to bucolic Middle America, the film visits 14 countries and features key interviews with FGM survivors, activists, cutters, doctors and researchers to uncover an often secret practice shrouded in centuries of traditions, mysticisms and irrationalities.

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No Date, No Sign

No Date, No Sign

No Date, No Sign

IMDb: 7.7
2017
100min

Kaveh Nariman is a Doctor in the medical examiner’s office. One day at his work he meets a corpse which is very familiar to him.

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A Separation

A Separation

A Separation

IMDb: 8.3
2011
123min

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer’s disease.

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The Past

The Past

The Past

IMDb: 7.8
2013
130min

After four years apart, Ahmad returns to his wife Marie in Paris in order to progress their divorce. During his brief stay, he cannot help noticing the strained relationship between Marie and her daughter Lucie. As he attempts to improve matters between mother and daughter Ahmad unwittingly lifts the lid on a long buried secret…

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Under the Shadow

Under the Shadow

Under the Shadow

IMDb: 6.9
2016
84min

As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war torn Tehran of the 80s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.

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Gabbeh

Gabbeh

Gabbeh

IMDb: 7.0
1996
75min

An elderly couple go about their routine of cleaning their gabbeh (a intricately-designed rug), while bickering gently with each other. Magically, a young woman appears, helping the two clean the rug. This young woman belongs to the clan whose history is depicted in the design of the gabbeh, and the rug recounts the story of the courtship of the young woman by a stranger from the clan.

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Barbie

Barbie

Barbie

IMDb: 7.4
2012
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Mulan II

Mulan II

Mulan II

IMDb: 5.7
2004
79min

Fa Mulan gets the surprise of her young life when her love, Captain Li Shang asks for her hand in marriage. Before the two can have their happily ever after, the Emperor assigns them a secret mission, to escort three princesses to Chang’an, China. Mushu is determined to drive a wedge between the couple after he learns that he will lose his guardian job if Mulan marries into the Li family.

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F for Fake

F for Fake

F for Fake

IMDb: 7.8
1973
89min

Orson Welles’ final film documents the lives of infamous fakers Elmyr de Hory and Clifford Irving. De Hory, who later committed suicide to avoid more prison time, made his name by selling forged works of art by painters like Picasso and Matisse. Irving was infamous for writing a fake autobiography of Howard Hughes. Welles moves between documentary and fiction as he examines the fundamental elements of fraud and the people who commit fraud at the expense of others.

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Taxi

Taxi

Taxi

IMDb: 7.3
2015
82min

A yellow cab is driving through the vibrant and colourful streets of Tehran. Very diverse passengers enter the taxi, each candidly expressing their views while being interviewed by the driver who is no one else but the director Jafar Panahi himself. His camera placed on the dashboard of his mobile film studio captures the spirit of Iranian society through this comedic and dramatic drive…

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Fireworks Wednesday

Fireworks Wednesday

Fireworks Wednesday

IMDb: 7.8
2006
102min

On the day before their holiday trip to Dubai, a wife who believes her husband is unfaithful enlists the help of Roohi, a young woman sent by an agency to clean the house. She asks Roohi to make an appointment and gather information at the salon of the woman she suspects. Roohi is betrothed, innocent of marital discord. Over the course of the day, she, the couple, their small son, the wife’s sister and husband, and the beautician engage in a series of exchanges, confrontations, and prevarications. Are the wife’s suspicions unwarranted; is her behavior imperiling her marriage? Acts of kindness may go awry. And the trip to Dubai?

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Forushande

Forushande

Forushande

IMDb: 7.8
2016
125min

Forced out of their apartment due to dangerous works on a neighboring building, Emad and Rana move into a new flat in the center of Tehran. An incident linked to the previous tenant will dramatically change the young couple’s life.

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Beautiful City

Beautiful City

Beautiful City

IMDb: 7.8
2004
101min

Akbar has just turned eighteen. He has been held in a rehabilitation centre for committing murder at the age of sixteen when he was condemned to death. Legally speaking, he had to reach the age of eighteen so that the conviction could be carried out. Now, Akbar is transferred to prison to await the day of his execution. A’la, a friend of Akbar, who himself has undergone imprisonment for burglary, soon after his release tries desperately to gain the consent of Akbar’s plaintiff so as to stop the execution

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Negar

Negar

Negar

IMDb: 5.2
2017
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According to the police, Negar’s father committed suicide. Having had a happy life, Negar suspects that his death has not happened the way it seems. She starts unfolding the truth through an unconventional investigation.

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Children of Heaven

Children of Heaven

Children of Heaven

IMDb: 8.3
1997
89min

Zohre’s shoes are gone; her older brother Ali lost them. They are poor, there are no shoes for Zohre until they come up with an idea: they will share one pair of shoes, Ali’s. School awaits…

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Red Rose

Red Rose

Red Rose

IMDb: 6.1
2014
87min

A politically complacent middle-aged man and a young pro-democracy activist debate about the future of their country while hiding from the police, in this fascinating drama that blends scripted scenes with on-the-ground footage from Iran’s 2009 Green Revolution.

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Beyond the Clouds

Beyond the Clouds

Beyond the Clouds

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2017
120min

Teenager Amir is constantly dodging trouble while dealing drugs in the underbelly of Mumbai. Following a drug bust, he evades the cops and ends up on the doorstep of his estranged sister Tara. Complications from concealing Amir land Tara in jail, but she still sees her brother as her only hope of living in the outside world again. While their lives have been darkened by despair, hope may shine from beyond the clouds.

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Sokout

Sokout

Sokout

IMDb: 6.4
1998
76min

Khorshid lives with his mom in a house near a river somewhere in Tajikistan. Th landlord comes around every morning to ask for the rent. Khorshid has to provide the money or else they’ll have to leave. His blindness has given him an amazing skill in tuning musical instruments which gets him a job at an instrument making workshop. But the problem is That Khorshid is mesmerized by sonorous music all the time; whenever he hears a great musician play, he loses track of time and place. For this, he always gets lost and gets to work late. How is he going to make a balance between his love of music and his task as a breadwinner?

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The Other Side of the Wind

The Other Side of the Wind

The Other Side of the Wind

IMDb: 7.5
2018
122min

Surrounded by fans and skeptics, grizzled director J.J. “Jake” Hannaford returns from years abroad in Europe to a changed Hollywood, where he attempts to make his innovative comeback film.

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Nafas

Nafas

Nafas

IMDb: 6.6
2016
112min

We are taken care of when we are children and we do not know as much as when we are older. There is less to worry about. But it does not mean the things that are important to us as children have less significance. You see, for Scruffy, despite that she is from a poor family of the countryside, it is very important to study well, because she will become an asthma doctor. The doctor said her dad will die but she has decided – she will grow up and cure her father. Equally important is to run away from her grandmother, who almost always is lurking around in the dark corners of the house with a comb to fix her messy hair. Death is too abstract to understand, war is a word one hears on the radio that grownups sometimes listen to. Yet, as Scruffy lives through her days full of happiness and misery at full steam, the most tumultuous years of Iran become unveiled on the background, as we are introduced to the Revolution and the Iran-Iraqi war through the eyes of a child.

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Derakula

Derakula

Derakula

IMDb: 5.1
2016
100min

A kidnapped family man’s situation gets worse when he learns his captors are the last descendants of the Dracula family who fled Russia after World War II. The man and Dracula form an unlikely and dangerous friendship.

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Bodyguard

Bodyguard

Bodyguard

IMDb: 6.2
2016
109min

A government bodyguard protects a politician from a suicide bomber, and then begins to question his dedication to his job.

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Abad va yek rooz

Abad va yek rooz

Abad va yek rooz

IMDb: 8.6
2016
110min

Somaieh, the youngest daughter of an indigent family, is getting married and fear is overwhelming each and every member of the family regarding how to overcome their difficulties after she’s gone.

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Silence

Silence

Silence

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2017
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Ravayate Makhdush

Ravayate Makhdush

Ravayate Makhdush

IMDb: 6.9
2002
83min

Banned in Iran this experimental film uses fictionalized, grainy, home video footage to tell the story of the abusive relationship between a successful middle aged Iranian businessman and his 18 year old wife, Goli. She has just received a camcorder as his birthday present and the entire story is told from the view of this camcorder. Goli has lived with him and been his sex slave since he took her captive as a nine year old from her family in the Kurdish rebellion. Now she is pregnant, but as she starts to talk back to him and he discovers that she has learned English and started to read, he again is making her more and more a prisoner in his home.

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Inja bedoone man

Inja bedoone man

Inja bedoone man

IMDb: 7.3
2011
100min

The story is about the world of a small family with familiar dreams and not so remarkable problems. The mother is trying to lead everything to save her family, but small events disarrange all her plans.

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Paziraie sadeh

Paziraie sadeh

Paziraie sadeh

IMDb: 6.7
2012
100min

This twisted Iranian narrative follows a mysterious couple from Tehran as they distribute large bags of money in an impoverished mountain border town. Beginning as a black comedy, the film’s mood transforms as the games played by Kaveh (director Mani Haghighi) and Leyla (Taraneh Alidoosti) become increasingly perverse, as they find inventive ways of humiliating the recipients of the cash. The immorality of the central characters is at times sickening, and their chain of lies is often as puzzling to us as they are to the townsfolk depicted onscreen. What is the relationship between the pair and why are they giving away money to the needy? Modest Reception has no easy answers nor pat resolutions – instead Haghighi takes the viewer on an intriguing ride into the dark recesses of the human spirit.

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Pelada

Pelada

Pelada

IMDb: 7.4
2010
90min

Away from professional stadiums, bright lights, and manicured fields, there’s another side of soccer. Tucked away on alleys, side streets, and concrete courts, people play in improvised games. Every country has a different word for it. In the United States, we call it “pick-up soccer.” In Trinidad, it’s “taking a sweat.” In England, it’s “having a kick-about.” In Brazil, the word is “pelada,” which literally means “naked”—the game stripped down to its core. It’s the version of the game played by anyone, anywhere—and it’s a window into lives all around the world. Pelada is a documentary following Luke and Gwendolyn, two former college soccer stars who didn’t quite make it to the pros. Not ready for it to be over, they take off, chasing the game. From prisoners in Bolivia to moonshine brewers in Kenya, from freestylers in China to women who play in hijab in Iran, Pelada is the story of the people who play.

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Kish

Kish

Kish

IMDb: 7.5
1991
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Khafegi

Khafegi

Khafegi

IMDb: 6.4
2017
90min

I was suffocating, but I don’t kill her. I love it.

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24 Frames

24 Frames

24 Frames

IMDb: 6.7
2017
114min

A collection of 24 short four-and-a-half minutes films inspired by still images, including paintings and photographs. An experimental project made by filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami in the last three years of his life.

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Somewhere Else Tomorrow

Somewhere Else Tomorrow

Somewhere Else Tomorrow

IMDb: 8.4
2014
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Documentary – War zone borders, engine trouble and the difficulties of making money to survive couldn’t outweigh the thrill of adventure and discovery Daniel Rintz encountered while motorcycling around the world for two and a half years.

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Leila

Leila

Leila

IMDb: 8.6
1997
102min

This film tells the story of a semi modern Iranian couple, who are trying to fight the old beliefs & old generation. This is a failing battle because the man is not strong enough.

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Pardé

Pardé

Pardé

IMDb: 7.6
2013
106min

A man, his dog, a young woman and a filmmaker in a house by the Caspian Sea. All three are wanted, but they are also in search of each other. Thus begins an absurd game in which reality and fiction merge.

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Dast-neveshtehaa nemisoosand

Dast-neveshtehaa nemisoosand

Dast-neveshtehaa nemisoosand

IMDb: 7.1
2013
125min

Khosrow and Morteza set out on a mission to kill someone. The assassination ought to be arranged as a suicide. At the last minute however, they are obliged to change their initial plans…

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Setare-ye haft-asemoon

Setare-ye haft-asemoon

Setare-ye haft-asemoon

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1968
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Varoonegi

Varoonegi

Varoonegi

IMDb: 6.1
2016
84min

Tehran’s air pollution has reached maximum levels because of thermal inversion. Unmarried 30-something Niloofar lives with her aged mother, and stays busy with her alterations shop. When doctors insist that her mother must leave smoggy Tehran for her respiratory health, Niloofar’s brother and family elders decide that she must also move away to accompany her mother. Now Niloofar is torn between family loyalty and living her own life. As the youngest she has always obeyed their orders. Can she stand up for herself this time?

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Sheeple

Sheeple

Sheeple

IMDb: 7.9
2018
120min

The story is about a family of three brothers and a sister in the suburbs of the city’s poverty. Their elder brother owns a drug-producing kitchen and presides over the group, like a shepherd for sheep.

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