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When an ostrich-rancher focuses on replacing his daughter's hearing aid, which breaks right before crucial exams, everything changes for a struggling rural family in Iran. Karim motorbikes... See more »

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Karim (as Reza Najie)
Maryam Akbari ...
Nargess
Kamran Dehghan ...
Abbas
Hamid Aghazi ...
Hossein
Schabnam Akhlaghi ...
Haneyeh
Neshat Nazari ...
Zarah
Hassan Rezaee ...
Ramezan
Ponya Salehi ...
Ponya

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Majid Majidi

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Mehran Kashani ... (writer)
 
Majid Majidi ... (writer)

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Majid Majidi ... producer
Javad Noruzbegi ... executive producer

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Hossein Alizadeh

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Turaj Mansuri ... (as Tooraj Mansouri)

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Hassan Hassandoost

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Asghar Nezhadimani

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Asghar Nezhadimani

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Tahereh Mahdavi ... assistant makeup artist
Saeid Malekan ... makeup artist
Kyan Oladvatan ... assistant makeup artist

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Kamran Majidi ... production manager
Javad Noruzbegi ... production manager

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Hossein Azhir ... assistant director
Mohammad Farahani ... assistant director
Sirrus Hassanpur ... first assistant director
Vahid Kashi ... assistant director
Behzad Rafi ... second assistant director
Maziar Rezakhani ... assistant director

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Mohammad Reza Delpak ... re-recording mixer
Yadollah Najafi ... sound recordist
Reza Narimizadeh ... sound editor

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Mohsen Ruzbahani ... special effects

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Amir Saharkhiz ... visual effects
Kamran Saharkhiz ... visual effects

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Atef Amiri ... gaffer
Naser Beyk Zadeh ... assistant camera
Hossein Davoodi ... assistant camera
Mohammad Ebrahimian ... assistant camera
Ali Khosro Abadi ... assistant camera
Bahman Nadian ... assistant camera
Ali Tabrizi ... still photographer

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Nasser Hashemzadeh ... script advisor

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Helene Nielsen Beal ... director of distribution
Yelena Makarczyk ... localization

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Plot Summary

When an ostrich-rancher focuses on replacing his daughter's hearing aid, which breaks right before crucial exams, everything changes for a struggling rural family in Iran. Karim motorbikes into a world alien to him - incredibly hectic Tehran, where sudden opportunities for independence, thrill and challenge him. But his honor and honesty, plus traditional authority over his inventive clan, are tested, as he stumbles among vast cultural and economic gaps between his village nestled in the desert, and a throbbing international metropolis. Written by David Stevens

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Taglines Chasing dreams. Finding hope. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Untitled Majid Majidi Project (Iran, English title)
  • The Song of Sparrows (Europe, English title)
  • The Song of Sparrows (World-wide, English title)
  • Le chant des moineaux (France)
  • Das Lied der Sperlinge (Germany)
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  • 96 min
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Trivia Iran's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »
Goofs Spoiler: The ostrich that escaped is male. Therefore it couldn't have laid those eggs found in the field. Male ostriches are big and it's colors are black and white; females are small and gray. The last scene shows an male ostrich in a typically male mating performance. See more »

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