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Release Date:
9 September 1998 (France) See more »
Everyday, 10-year old Khorsid takes the bus to his work at an instrument maker's shop and everyday something unexpected happens. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Directed by
Mohsen Makhmalbaf 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mohsen Makhmalbaf  writer

Produced by
Marin Karmitz .... producer
Cinematography by
Ebrahim Ghafori 
Film Editing by
Mohsen Makhmalbaf 
Production Management
Mohamad Ahmadi .... executive manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Samira Makhmalbaf .... assistant director
Art Department
Mohsen Makhmalbaf .... set designer
Sound Department
Behroz Shahamat .... sound
Other crew
Hana Makhmalbaf .... script supervisor
Marzieh Makhmalbaf .... assistant to director (as Marzieh Meshkini)
Akbar Meshkini .... assistant to director

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Also Known As:
"Sokout" - Iran (original title)
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76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-18 | France:U | Singapore:PG | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud)
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A Jewel, 24 April 2005
Author: carol-160 from United States

Subtitled in English, this story of a 10-year old blind boy's experiences is visually and aurally intertwined. Filled with striking scenes and hypnotic music, the production is unique and riveting. The camera wanders through the bazaars and shops of Tajikistan providing a glimpse into a culture not well known to Westerners. The interplay between the boy and the beautiful young woman who acts as his eyes is touching, filled with humor, and played with a simple elegance. The distractions encountered by the boy on his way from home to work are a delight. Supporting roles are well played. The harmonies of the music, the city, and everyday life produce a funny and profound film well worth watching.

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