An Iranian film about poor children trying to survive in the face of unimaginable adversity? You may think you've seen it before, but this wrenching first feature by Kurdish director Bahman Ghobadi is truly in a class by itself. Not only was it filmed entirely
in remote Iranian Kurdistan, but it features a cast of non-professional Kurdish actors and is one of the first films shot in the Kurdish language. And while it's not so much concerned with the ongoing struggle of Kurds in general, the film highlights a very real problem facing the impoverished
people who make their home along the Iran-Iraq border: smuggling. Life in the Iranian mountain village of Sardab is a...