Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 6 pm
Dir. Jamshid Mahmoudi, 2014, drama/romance, 1 hr 30 min, rated E*
This award-winning film tells a story of forbidden love between two young factory workers in Tehran — a young Iranian man and a beautiful Afghan asylum-seeker.
For director Jamshid Mahmoudi and his brother Navid, cinema was both a ray of hope and a means of escape during their adolescence in Iran, where their family had sought refuge after fleeing Afghanistan. Inspired by a true story, the brothers’ first feature film is about star-crossed young lovers who meet in the outskirts of Tehran, at a factory that illegally employs Afghan asylum-seekers.
Marona is the daughter of one of the Afghan workers, while Saber is an orphaned Iranian who’s been taken under the wing of the factory owner. The couple’s secret courtship takes place in the factory workers’ shantytown.
A Few Cubic Meters of Love has a non-professional cast, and it was shot on location where Afghan refugees live and work. This, in the words of the Seattle International Film Festival, brings “freshness and realism to a story that is both timeless and urgent.”
The film has won multiple awards, including two at Toronto’s Reelworld Film Festival. It was Afghanistan’s 2014 Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film.
Presented in collaboration with the Farsi Cinema Center, A Few Cubic Meters of Love is part of the Museum's Spring 2020 Film Series.
*Exempt: contains material not subject to classification such as documentaries, nature, travel, music, arts and culture, sports, and educational and instructional information, according to the Motion Picture Association — Canada.
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