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99 Ratings

ABC Africa

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
Iran, 2001


At the request of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development, Abbas Kiarostami and his assistant, Seifollah Samadian, arrive in Kampala. For ten days, their DV camera captures and caresses the faces of a thousand orphans.

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ABC Africa Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

Critics reviews

Over A. B. C. Africa’s second half, the apparent artlessness proves to be deceptive; this is unmistakably a Kiarostami work, albeit one that takes several bold steps toward redefining his art. And its being a video is part of that redefinition. Kiarostami has made it clear that he wanted to switch to DV for ethical reasons — the desire to interfere as little as possible with the people he was shooting.
September 01, 2001
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