Directed by Dariush Mehrjui
Largely considered the first film of the Iranian New Wave, The Cow (Gaav) portrays villager Masht Hassan’s unraveling from reality after the loss of his beloved cow. Awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the 32nd Venice International Film Festival in 1971, this work by director Dariush Mehrjui is a landmark of Iranian cinema that reflects the reality and hardships of life in rural Iran. 1969, in Persian with English subtitles, 105 minutes.
Preceded by Human Being (Al Insan), directed by Ibrahim Shaddad, which follows a Sudanese shepherd who leaves his wife and herd to resettle in a nearby city. Shot entirely without dialogue, this experimental short’s use of sound enhances the emotional turmoil of alienation. 1994, 27 minutes.
Reshaping Our World: Cinema Without Borders is copresented with Mizna, a Twin Cities nonprofit arts organization that promotes contemporary expressions of Arab American culture.