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Ranjan recommends an Iranian masterpiece this week.

A teenager is forced to take up the responsibility of his siblings after the death of his father; he resorts to smuggling across the Iran-Iraq border to raise money for the operation of his physically challenged brother, but the stakes are extremely high for this kind of a venture that may cost his life. This Kurdish-speaking Iranian film by Iranian auteur Bohman Ghobadi is a stark survival story that hits the viewers at the solar plexus.

A TIME FOR DRUNKEN HORSES (2000, Iran) strips all adornment to arrive at a version of realism that makes the works of Italian Neo-Realism look like weepy sentimental stories.

Look it up on MUBI.

Ranjan Das is a Mumbai based filmmaker and faculty.

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