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The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

Shabhaye Zayandeh-Rood | شبهای زاینده رود

Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Iran, 1990


The story of an anthropologist and his daughter unfolds during 3 different periods: before, during and after the Iranian Revolution. She treats suicidal patients in the ER of a local hospital. The reason behind each suicide attempt is different, especially before compared to after the Revolution.

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The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Critics reviews

A single, memorable tracking shot encapsulates a whole country on the brink of collapse: the entire classroom engaged in a furious debate, the camera slides past the two opposing sides shouting at each other, while Alaghmand observes his pupils plunging into the mindless fundamentalism he’d spent a whole life trying to rescue them from.
July 19, 2018
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