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Makhmalbāf, Muḥsin

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Safar-i Qandahār = Kandahar( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in Persian and held by 859 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nafas, an Afghan-born Canadian journalist, returns to her homeland in a desperate attempt to reach her sister, who, overcome with grief after being injured by a landmine and her despair over the Taliban's oppression of women, has vowed that she will commit suicide at the time of the next solar eclipse, only three days away
Takhté siah = Blackboards by Samīrā Makhmalbāf( Visual )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set on the border of Iran and Iraq during the war of the 1980s, 'Blackboards' follows a group of poor teachers, blackboards strapped to their backs, as they attempt to educate the Kurdish children who are some of the primary victims of war. But the young children they approach, largely orphaned and living in extreme poverty and hardship, are too busy working as smugglers to be convinced about the worth of education. Filmed in the rugged mountainous terrain of Kurdistan, 'Blackboards' uses the most economic means of mise-en-scene and editing to create a powerful evocation of the terror of war. The bonds between men and women and the sanctity of childhood are all shown as precarious in a context where chemical bombs and machine guns can destroy a whole community. Samira Makhmalbaf was twenty-one when she won the Grand Prix at Cannes with this film. The cast consists largely of Kurdish refugees who at the time of writing this catalogue entry (2001) still do not have a homeland of their own
Rūzī kih zan shudam = The day I became a woman( Visual )

3 editions published in 2005 in Persian and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three portraits of women at three stages of life in Iran: a nine-year-old girl is told she can no longer play with boys because she is now a "woman", a young wife who enters a bicycle race against her husband's wishes, and an elderly woman who gains money and the freedom to do what she wishes with it
Safar-i Qandahār = Kandahar by Muḥsin Makhmalbāf( Visual )

75 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nelofer Pazira interpreta a Nafas, una periodista de orígen afgano que huye de su país en un intento por quitarse la vida, ahora vive en Canada y recibe una carta de su hermana quien fue herida por una mina durante su huida. Desanimada por la situación que se vive en Kandahar, bajo el control de los talibanes, trata de suicidarse en el último eclipse del siglo, que ocurrirá en tan solo tres días. Con el tiempo en su contra y de manera desesperada, Nafas viaja a un lugar donde las mujeres viven bajo un severo regimen de prohibiciones, cubierta por la obligada burga y ocultando su identidad, conoce una forma de vida diferente, la vida en Afganistan". -- Envase
Klūz āp, numā-yi nazdīk = Close-up( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in Persian and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traveler: The film depicts a troubled but resourceful grade-school-age boy who, in his quest to attend a football match at any cost, lies, cheats, and steals to accumulate enough money to afford a bus ticket, indifferent to the effects of his actions on other people, even those closest to him
Gabbih( Visual )

3 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in Persian and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A folkloric carpet (Gabbeh), picturing a man and a woman riding away on horseback, is the prized possession of an elderly nomadic couple. When they ... wash it ..., a beautiful young woman ... emerges from the carpet to ... reveal the secret of the carpet. Once held hostage by the endless restraints of the family that fashioned the carpet, she reveals that the secret ... lies within the mysterious black-clad rider on the white horse. Month after month, season after season, he had followed her family from afar, always present, always waiting, howling to her songs of love--longing for her to run away with him."--Container
Nūn va-guldūn = Moment of innocence by Muḥsin Makhmalbāf( Visual )

27 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is definitely the best Iranian film I've seen. It collapses fiction and documentary into an absolutely unique, humorous and overwhelmingly moving statement about violent political idealism and its collision with the realities of life and love. In the 70's, the filmmaker was a teenage Islamic militant fighting against the Shah. He stabbed a policeman and was jailed. Years later he became famous director. A man knocked at his front door and said, "I'm the policeman you stabbed. I want to be in one of your films. You owe me." The director said, "Let's make a film about what happened." This film is a reenactment/documentary about the making of that film and it blows me away every time
The Cyclist by Muḥsin Mah̲malbāf( Visual )

20 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in Persian and Undetermined and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An unscrupulous con artist talks a poor man desperate for money to pay for his wife's hospital bill into doing an marathon bicycle ride. He circles the same route over and over and the bystanders start to place wagers on whether he will finish or not, and sabotage his efforts or cheer depending on their wagers
Khānah siyāh ast = The house is black( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in Persian and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film about the leprosy colony in Tabriz, Iran is a compassionate portrait of forgotten people. Straightforward yet sympathetic, the film affords dignity to its subjects, particularly through Farrokhzad's striking poem read by the poet herself. "Khānah siyāh ast" has heavily influenced the modern Iranian cinema of such great filmmakers as Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf, who called it "the best Iranian film." It provides, in the film's own words, "a vision of pain no caring human being should ignore."
Gabbeh by Muḥsin Makhmalbāf( Visual )

46 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in 8 languages and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A folkloric carpet (Gabbeh), picturing a man and a woman riding away on horseback, is the prized possession of an elderly nomadic couple. When they ... wash it ..., a beautiful young woman ... emerges from the carpet to ... reveal the secret of the carpet"--Container
Sukūt( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in Persian and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The silence follows the life of Khorshid, a blind 10-year-old boy who experiences the world through sound. Living with his mother in a small village in Tajikistan, Khorshid earns money tuning musical instruments. Nadereh, the beautiful young protégée of the instrument maker for whom Khorshid works, acts as his eyes, fetching him every day at the bus stop and leading him through the streets to his destination. Sometimes on the way, a conversation or melody attracts Khorshid's attention and he loses himself in the compelling harmonies of the city and everyday life. About to lose his job and his home, Khorshid creates a world where he can be happy; where hypnotic sounds and the music of the world show him how to experience life."--Container
Sīb = Apple by Samīrā Makhmalbāf( Visual )

23 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""The Apple" is the haunting first feature by Samira Makhmalbaf, the daughter of the Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf, made when she was just seventeen. Based on a true incident and featuring the family involved, the film tells a bizarre bu engaging story. In Tehran, twin sisters live as virtual prisoners of their poor father and blind mother, locked behind bars for all of their twelve years. Their father argues that his daughters "are like flowers. They mustn't be exposed to the sun or they will soon fade ... ". A social worker attempts to persuade him to give them the freedom to explore the world beyond the gates of their home."--Container
The day I became a woman( Visual )

23 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Off-air recording of television program broadcast on 2001 and date copied on July 12, 2002 made by : Bundoora, Vic. : La Trobe University, The Borchardt Library. OA2002-212
Close up = Nema-ye Nazdik by Lasse Braun( Visual )

6 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in Persian and Faroese and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hossain Sabzian enters a well to do family in Teheran by pretending to be Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf working on his next film
The president by Mohsen Makhmalbaf( Visual )

4 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in Georgian and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The President and his family rule the land with a draconian fist, enjoying a privileged and luxurious existence at the expense of his miserable and oppressed subjects. After a coup d'etat uproots his position of power, the President's wife and daughters are flown out of the country as he stays behind with his grandson, who is too young to grasp the unfolding events. After his personal escort and bodyguards turn on him, he is forced to disguise himself and flee into the countryside
Baysīkilrān = The cyclist( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in Persian and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nazim, formerly a cyclist, but now a lowly Afghan guest worker in Iran, must overcome many obstacles in his attempt to ride a bicycle continuously for seven days and nights, in order to obtain money to pay for medical care for his desperately ill wife
Klūz āp, numā-yi nazdīk = Close-up( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in Persian and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Close-up: This docudrama comments on Iranian society. Ali Sabzian claims to a fellow passenger on the bus that he is the famous Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. He then becomes involved with his fellow passenger and her family, claiming that he has cast the family's son in a major role. At some point this tale comes unravelled, and the family takes him to court. A well-meaning judge persuades the family to drop the charges against this unemployed man. Ironically, while Ali is on trial, the maker of this current film (Abbas Kiarostami) decides to film the proceedings, and also stages reconstruction of the events leading up to the trial, using all the actual participants, but has the restaged trial end less happily
Iran : une révolution cinématographique by Nader T Homayoun( Visual )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the development of the Iranian film industry, which has always been closely intertwined with the country's tumultuous political history, chronicling how Iranian films reflected contemporaneous society and often presaged social change. It shows how mainstream commercial cinema served as a propaganda tool for both the monarchy and the fundamentalist religious regime, recounts the sporadic efforts of some filmmakers to reveal grimmer social realties, and the struggles against censorship and traditional cinematic formulas by such pioneers as Bahram Beyzai and Sohrab Shahid Saless and pre- and post-Islamic revolutionary 'new wave' filmmakers
Boycott by Clark Johnson( Visual )

9 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in Persian and English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the period just prior to the Islamic Revolution the story is inspired by the filmmakers's own painful experiences. Valeh, a member of a leftist organization, is arrested and is sentenced to death. In prison, he reconsiders his beliefs and comes to doubt the validity of the ideas for which he is condemned. At the same time, his prison comrades are pressuring him to make a sacrifice for their cause
ʻArūsī-i khūbān = Marriage of the blessed( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in Persian and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Haji, a shell-shocked veteran of the Iran-Iraq war, struggles to find meaning in his life when he returns to his job as a photojournalist. Disturbed by the contrast between the soldiers sacrificing their lives and the indifference of the local population of Tehran, he sinks into depression. Mehri, his fiancee, hopes to speed his recovery by hastening their wedding, but they find they must defy the hyprocrisy of their families and authorities as they strive to create a life together
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Takhté siah = Blackboards
GabbihGabbehMohsen Makhmalbaf : del discurso al diálogo = Mohsen Makhmalbaf : from discourse to dialogue
Alternative Names
Makhmalbaf, Mohsen

Махмальбаф, Мохсен

محسن مخملباف

مخملباف، محسن