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Iron Island -- A "visual and narrative delight" (Boston Globe), Mohammad . Moored near the Persian coast, a derelict oil tanker has become a home for cast-off members of Iran's Sunni-Arab minority. But when the ship's owners announce they intend to sell Nemat's fiefdom for scrap, the captain must provide his people with a future, while preserving the peace and upholding the law in the present.


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5 October 2005 (France) See more »
Squatters, mostly Arabs in Persia, live on a mothballed oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. The children... See more » | Add synopsis »
8 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)
Ali Nassirian ... Captain Nemat
Hossein Farzi-Zadeh ... Ahmad
Neda Pakdaman ... The girl

Directed by
Mohammad Rasoulof 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mohammad Rasoulof 

Produced by
Abolhassan Davoodi .... producer
Bita Mansoory .... executive producer
Mohammad Rasoulof .... producer
Original Music by
Mohammad Reza Aligholi 
Cinematography by
Reza Jalali 
Film Editing by
Bahram Dehghan  (as Bahram Dehghani)
Production Design by
Mohammad Rasoulof 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daryoush Ebadi .... assistant director
Sound Department
Mohamad Mokhtari .... sound
Mahmood Moosavinejad .... sound mixer
Mohammad Mosavi-Nejad .... sound

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Also Known As:
"Jazireh ahani" - Iran (original title)
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Australia:90 min
Australia:M | Singapore:NC16 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud)


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Ship Ahoy! This one's sails big time, 21 May 2011
Author: (AfroPixFlix) from United States

You will not find a better metaphorical study of Post-revolution Iran than this film, one so threatening that the Iranian authorities tossed famed director Rasoulof into the brig. A self-absorbed captain of a stalled and sinking ship runs his vessel like a clueless despot, ripping off hard-working but naïve passengers. Exploited onboard youth get meaningless education, and a lovelorn adolescent who bolts for a better life gets tortured, mostly to deter other kids. The lying captain inefficiently uses the scant ship resources, like steel and oil, and misapplies the proceeds to strand his impoverished subjects in an arid land. There is a bud of hope at the end, but like reality, if you blink you will miss it. AfroPixFlix drops a 10-forked anchor.

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