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59 Ratings

Secret Ballot

Raye makhfi

Directed by Babak Payami
Iran, Italy, 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.

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Secret Ballot Directed by Babak Payami

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2001 | 5 wins including: Best Director

International Film Festival Rotterdam

2002 | Special Mention: Netpac Award

São Paulo International Film Festival

2001 | Winner: Special Jury Award

Critics reviews

This, not Kandahar, was the movie Bush should see. It’s not only considerably more polished and entertaining (if less experimental and poetic), but it has more to teach Americans, especially because it shows how certain old-fashioned American values — in particular an idealistic view of democracy and free elections — survive in Iran today.
August 30, 2002
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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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