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A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)
"Zamani barayé masti asbha" (original title)

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Young Iranian Kurds (brothers and sisters) try to save the youngest of them, who is seriously ill.

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Ayoub Ahmadi ...
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Rojin Younessi ...
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Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini ...
Ameneh
Madi Ekhtiar-dini ...
Madi
Kolsolum Ekhtiar-dini
Karim Ekhtiar-dini
Rahman Salehi
Osman Karimi
Nezhad Ekhtiar-dini
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After their father dies, a family of five are forced to survive on their own in a Kurdish village on the border of Iran and Iraq. Matters are made worse when 12 year old Ayoub, the new head of the family, is told that his handicapped brother, Madi, needs an immediate operation in order to remain alive. This heartbreaking tale shows the lengths to which a family will go in order to survive in the harshest of conditions, where even the horses are fed liquor in order to work. Written by Jonathan Beebe <jrbeebe@midway.uchicago.edu>

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13 September 2000 (France)  »

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Zamani barayé masti asbha  »

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$42,188 (USA) (27 October 2000)

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$700,159 (USA) (4 May 2001)
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The first feature film in Kurdish, a language which was banned in Iranian schools since the 1940s, to achieve an international release. See more »

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Remake of Zendegi dar meh (1999) See more »

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3 July 2005 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

The documentary style of this movie doesn't put us away from the drama of life in this Kurdish village in Iranian soil but on the border with Irak. People there make a living by smuggling goods over the border subject to the constant risk of mines and ambushes. This involves children as well as adults. Life is particularly hard for children who have also to work for a living either wrapping up objects in the towns or carrying heavy packages on their shoulder or conducting mules carrying them across the border in the middle of the harshest weather conditions and a hostile landscape, to be sold on the other side. This is also the story of a family of orphan children, one of them being a crippled boy whose siblings treat with extreme care and tenderness, trying to earn money enough to take him to Irak to be operated otherwise he'll die soon. The image style is simple and unadorned. The images speak indeed for themselves. This story tells us not only how people live in that region of the globe, showing their customs and culture, but also how poverty and hardness cannot untie there the bonds of love in the bosom of the family. Maybe something we could learn in our western societies.


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