A Close-up of Abbas Kiarostami

Fellow Citizen


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Fellow Citizen
Amshahri | Abbas Kiarostami, 1983
Iran | Persian with English subtitles | 52 minutes

Due to print availability issues, Fellow Citizen and Orderly or Disorderly will be shown on DVD. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Caught up in Tehran’s insane bottlenecks and gridlock, a traffic cop tries to enforce the rules and regulations. Having done so, he then proceeds to demonstrate the flexibility of the law and the flexibility of ... the traffic cop himself! Kiarostami, who was a traffic cop in his own youth, exploits the situation’s maximum comic possibilities in this disarming documentary portrait.

Screening with:
Orderly or Disorderly
Abbas Kiarostami | 1981 | Iran | DVD | 15m

Considered one of his best shorts, Kiarostami illustrates the advantages for school children of orderly behavior at the water fountain and boarding a school bus. Negotiating crowded public spaces can be as humorous as it is frustrating.

Series: A Close-up of Abbas Kiarostami

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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