A Close-up of Abbas Kiarostami

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Sun, Feb 17

4:30pm

ABC Africa
Abbas Kiarostami, 2001
Iran | 85 minutes

Invited by the U.N. shortly after the turn of the century to document the fate of Uganda’s nearly two million AIDS orphans, Kiarostami turns his first feature shot on video into a reflective work that considers his own position as a privileged filmmaker in impoverished circumstances—not unlike the central characters in several of his previous films, from Life and Nothing More to The Wind Will Carry Us. Made over 10 days, this journey uncovers an indomitable life force in the children, their joy conveyed by a nearly goofy looseness in front of the camera, and group performances that can’t help but transfix the viewer.

Series: A Close-up of Abbas Kiarostami

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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