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Fellow Citizen
Fellow Citizen
6.8
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FELLOW CITIZEN

Hamshahri

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Iran, 1983
Documentary

Synopsis

A traffic officer is assigned to enforce driving restrictions in central Tehran (a locale near the director’s Kanoon office). The officer, a rock star in his own world, remains coolly authoritative as he faces a steady stream of exasperated motorists.

Synopsis

A traffic officer is assigned to enforce driving restrictions in central Tehran (a locale near the director’s Kanoon office). The officer, a rock star in his own world, remains coolly authoritative as he faces a steady stream of exasperated motorists.

Our take

From Taste of Cherry to Ten, Kiarostami often uses a car to signal Iranian society’s tumultuous contradictions. This fascinating documentary about a Tehrani street and its beleaguered traffic warden drives home the challenges of being a citizen in society, while being trapped by its rules.