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Director: Rakshan Bani Etemad & Mohsen Abdolvahab
Theme: War & Military
As Iranians celebrate the New Year, Iraqi bombs rain down on Tehran in 1988. We meet the widowed Gilaneh and her pregnant daughter who are in search of the daughter’s husband who has deserted his military post. As the inhabitants of Tehran are fleeing the bomb ridden city, Gilaneh and her daughter make the perilous journey into the capital city to find the missing husband.
Fifteen years later, the United States attacks Baghdad during another New Year’s celebration. Scenes of the new war—in which Iraq is now the invaded— flash insistently across the television while Gilaneh tries to rebuild her hopes and dreams for her children whose lives have been shattered by violence. This time her dream is to find a war widow in a distant town to marry and care for her invalid son.
Awards: Best Film and Best Actress at Kara (Pakastan) International Film Festival in 2005; NETPAC Award at Festival de Vesoul (France) in 2006; Special Jury Prize at Festival International de Cine Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) in 2006.