2006-01-19 / News

Iranian film next in library’s foreign series

Iranian film next in library’s foreign series

“Children of Heaven,” a film from Iran, will be the second screening in the 2006 Foreign Film Series at the Jamestown library.

The film will be shown on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m.

In this simple family drama, two children invent an intricate plan to conceal the loss of a pair of shoes. Ali, played by Amir Farrokh Hashemian, and his sister Zhara, played by actress Bahare Seddiqi, live in a poor neighborhood. Their mother suffers from illness and their father is overworked and underpaid. When Ali is sent out to pick up his sister’s shoes, a blind street peddler accidentally swipes them. Afraid that he will get a beating if his parents find out, he and Zhara concoct a plan by which she will wear Ali’s sneakers to school in the morning and he will wear them to school in the afternoon. But the plan has its flaws because Ali is late to school everyday and his principal threatens to expel him. In a final act of determination, Ali enters a race to win the third place prize, a new pair of sneakers.

“Children of Heaven” received an Academy Award nomination in 1998 for Best Foreign Film. Refreshments will be served.

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