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Iranian Movie Night: Screening of "Children of Heaven" by Bacheha-Ye Aseman

  • 403 International Affairs Building, Columbia University (map)

Co-sponsored by The Columbia Iranian Students Association and the SIPA Iranian Transition.

Join us for our second movie screening of the year..."Children of Heaven" directed by Majid Majidi. "Children of Heaven" has recently become Iran's first-ever Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Language Picture (1998).

Set in modern-day Iran, the story tells of an eight-year-old boy Ali and his younger sister, Zahra, who are accustomed to shouldering much responsibility. When Ali loses Zahra's only-and recently mended-pair of shoes, the siblings are too scared to tell their father about the loss and can't afford to buy another pair. When the shoes are finally found on another girl, who probably needs them just as much, it's up to the boy to find a way to get his sister a new pair of shoes. A fascinating film about the lower rungs of society, where what you wear on your feet says much about your status.