In this film, Iran’s most prominent woman director delivers a timely condemnation of the horrors of war. Iraqi bombs rain down on Tehran in 1988 as Iranians celebrate the new year. The widowed Gilaneh and her pregnant daughter, in search of her husband who has deserted his military post, make the perilous journey into the capital city even as its inhabitants flee. Fifteen years later, the United States attacks Baghdad during another New Year’s celebration. Scenes of the new war—in which Iraq is now the invaded— flash insistently across the television while Gilaneh tries to rebuild hopes and dreams shattered by violence. 2005, Iran, color, 35mm, in Farsi with English subtitles, 84 minutes.
Born in Tehran, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad began her career as a documentary filmmaker for Iranian television before directing her first feature in 1987. Her films include Nargess (1992), Rusari Abi (1995), The May Lady (Banoo-Ye Ordibehesht) (1998), and Our Times (Ruz-egar-e ma) (2002).