The Walker presents the U.S. premiere of 23-year-old Samira Makhmalbaf’s (The Apple, Blackboards) newest film. This visually striking dramatic feature mirrors real life in post-Taliban Afghanistan. When schools reopen for girls and young women, Noqreh (Aghele Rezaïe), against the wishes of her conservative father, heads to class at a secular school where she voices her desire to become her country’s president. The title is taken from a Federico García Lorca poem whispered at the beginning of the film. By the lyrical finale, the poem’s themes–life, death, and our relationship to nature–resonate more widely than the story of one girl and her dreams. 2003, Iran/France, color, 35mm, in Farsi with English subtitles, 106 minutes.
Preceded by Room
Directed by Olive Bieringa And The Body Cartography Project
An experimental play of light, sound, and movement reveals the beauty of a room in an abandoned military bunker. 2002, New Zealand, color, video, 5 minutes.