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57 Ratings

Secret Ballot

Raye makhfi

Directed by Babak Payami
Iran, 2001


At an isolated seaside post, a young soldier is thrown into an election day adventure. Orders from above force him to accompany a female election agent by jeep across the dusty desert in one absurd situation after another. A political tale by Iranian enfant terrible Babak Payami.

Secret Ballot Directed by Babak Payami

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2001 | 6 wins including: Best Director

International Film Festival Rotterdam

2002 | Special Mention: Netpac Award

São Paulo International Film Festival

2001 | Winner: Special Jury Award

What are people saying?

  • Joel's rating of the film Secret Ballot

    A strange rural wanderfilm. It’s hard to determine if this film is a social criticsm of the disconnect between the elite political sphere and the impact on rural folk, or perhaps it’s a critique of people who seem to refuse to actively participate in the shaping of their social wellfare. Either way this film is dubbed a comedy? Which makes me think it’s something of a satire. Strange and not as effective as it hopes.

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